After the storm: how to utilize your resources to rebuild quickly after a major disaster


Brian Busby
Houston Independent School District

Derrick Sanders
Houston Independent School District

Daniel W. Bankhead
Houston Independent School District

Sheleah Reed,


1 Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:

It is no secret that 2017’s Hurricane Harvey left a mark on the Houston area. The 1,000-year storm dumped nearly 2 trillion gallons of water on the city, pushed back the start of school for thousands of students, and damaged more than one-third of Houston ISD’s schools and facilities.     The district responded quickly. Within two weeks, most schools were repaired, cleaned, and ready to receive students and staff. Unfortunately, several campuses were tagged unrepairable, and students were relocated to facilities across the district.     This seminar will showcase how the district reimagined the rebuilding process and tapped into easily accessible resources, valuable relationships, a unique perspective, and a little creativity to quickly rollout a plan to build new schools to replace four of the damaged facilities – all while in the full swing of a record-breaking bond, major repairs, and the information collection process for the insurance claims following a major disaster.     HISD construction officials will share lessons learned and best practices. Join us for a candid conversation about the Board of Education’s role, the need to have architects on standby, the importance of having reliable processes and procedures in place, and the value of a good relationship with the Chief Financial Officer.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of building solid relationships with vendors and internal departments to quickly respond after a crisis or emergency;
  • Evaluate current resources and make a decision on how to improve that list prior to an emergency
  • Formulate a plan to prioritize projects and timelines following a crisis;
  • Assess how procurement processes can be used to the construction teamÕs benefit
Primary Competency:

Assessment of the School Facility: The ability to objectively evaluate a learning environment post-occupancy and utilize that data to improve future projects. Implements a plan for educational commissioning that provides guidance on how to use and maximize the learning environment to meet the foundational vision established in the planning phase.

Primary Domain:

Context: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the circumstances that form the setting for the design and construction of specific learning environments and characteristics that distinguishes the project from other applications.

Secondary Domain:

Process: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the importance of quality processes and practices implemented by the project team when creating learning environments. The who, what, when and how of various disciplines and applications.