Representatives from the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association (LESMPHA) will discuss how they repaired and restored heating and hot water service to hundreds of affected building units throughout the Lower East Side in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to highlighting lessons learned, they will also discuss best practices of boiler design, operation, and maintenance for multi-family buildings. All facility managers, plant operators, developers, and property owners are welcome to the latest installment of the Sandy Resiliency Speakers Series.
Henry Gifford| Mechanical Engineer and Contractor
Featured by New Yorker Magazine as “the Boiler Man”, Henry has been designing and repairing mechanical boiler systems throughout NYC since 1982. He is a principal parter at the Engineering Firm Architecture and Energy Limited designing energy efficient building mechanical systems. Henry sat on the NYC Green Codes Task Force which helped to shape changes to construction codes and regulations that promote green building in NYC.
Richard Ramirez| Property Manager, Lower East Side Peoples Mutual Housing Association
LESPMA was created in 1987 to rehabilitate vacant multifamily buildings owned by the City of New York and has 33 buildings in their portfolio. Mr. Ramirez is the Property Manager for LESPMHA Inc. and has worked with them for 13 years. LESMPHA is a member of Enterprise Communities Sandy Resiliency Collaborative.
ABOUT THIS SERIES: RESILIENCY SPEAKER SERIES
Enterprise Community Partners is hosting a series of panel presentations exploring the long-term recovery challenges and opportunities for the multifamily affordable housing infrastructure in New York City and the surrounding region in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy exposed the need to protect the multifamily affordable housing stock from the effects of climate change. Over 62,000 public and affordable housing units were within the storm surge area across the tri-state region, representing about 13% of the total public and affordable units. The series is part of Enterprise’s ongoing efforts to support Hurricane Sandy recovery and rebuilding and strengthening the resilience of affordable housing for the most vulnerable residents.