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Fresh Brew: Designing for Wildfire Resilience
This segment brings together experts in fire resilience as it relates to land management, planning, design, construction, as well as building maintenance and retrofitting. The panel will discuss risk factors, mitigation best practices, as well as community recovery. Looking towards the future, speakers will also provide relevant resources, share new and exciting technologies, and updates in local planning and policy.
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(Moderator) Chris Kurrle, Partner, LEED GA, Partner, Feldman Architecture
Christopher joined Feldman Architecture in 2011, becoming an owner and partner in 2015. With over 20 years of involvement in design and construction across a broad range of project types and scales, his work includes winery, hospitality, and master planning, with an emphasis on single-family custom homes. Chris is adept at realizing all aspects of a project, from the smallest detail to how a building interacts with its environment.
His work eschews fashion, instead striving for design solutions that aspire to stand the test of time—balancing pragmatism and delight. Signature projects include Woodpecker Ranch, a Woodside Estate, unifying a modern farmhouse exterior and a mid-century modern interior; the Tierwelthaus, which transforms a 1990s ranch house into a modern, maintenance-friendly residence that opens to the hills of Silicon Valley; and a new house and surf shed compound on a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz.
Denise Enea, Fire Marshall, Woodside Fire District (retired)
Denise is a native of California and the Bay Area. She is a graduate of USF and is recognized by the State of CA as a certified Fire Marshal. She is a recently retired Fire Marshal of the Woodside Fire Protection District where she served the Fire District for 24 years. During that time she was able to institute many local, county and state code changes related to defensible space and construction materials and methods in the WUI, improving structure and property wildfire resilience. She held a seat on the CA State Fire Marshal solar task force and is past president of the SMC FPO Association, and a past officer of the Norcal FPO association. She is a state certified fire investigator and wildland fire investigator. She also has served as the President of the San Mateo County Fire Safe Council for over 10 years. Denise has a keen understanding on wildfire behavior and how structures ignite and what can be done to improve ignition resistance in the WUI.
Bevan Jones, Principal & CEO, Holmes Fire
As Principal & CEO US, Bevan leads his team in building design fire and life safety. Bevan is adept at considering the holistic approach to fire design from the initial site planning, maintenance strategies, egress strategies and construction details. His understanding of the project constraints and considerations extends across project teams, business continuity and investments, insurance and other risk considerations, extending this thought process into Wildland Urban Interface(WUI) strategies.
Drew Martin, Fire Engineer, Holmes Fire
Drew has a strong focus on reducing risks for clients with structures in Wildland Urban Interface(WUI) areas. As conscious clients throughout the western US become more concerned with the longevity of structures in wildfire prone areas, Drew advises teams on site selection, reducing hazardous fuel loads and detail construction design.
Kimiko Barrett, Ph.D., Wildfire Research Lead, Headwaters Economics
Kimiko is the lead wildfire research and policy analyst at Headwaters Economics, a non-partisan independent research organization based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the Program Director for Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW), working with communities across the country to better plan, mitigate, and adapt to wildfire. Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Kimi now lives in nearby Livingston and has a deep appreciation for the outdoors and the connections people have with the land. As a researcher, she enjoys engaging with people on complex issues such as community resilience, adaptation, and vulnerability. After obtaining undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Japanese, Kimi completed a Master’s in Geography from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in Forestry from University of Montana.
Michael Cello, President, Cello & Maudru Construction
Michael has been leading Cello & Maudru Construction as President since 2016. He grew up working at Cello & Maudru before attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earning a degree in Construction Management. Upon graduating, he returned to the company and spent nearly 15 years mastering the roles of estimating, project management, and operations before becoming President. Under his management, Cello & Maudru has built some of its most challenging projects including both campuses for Silver Oak Cellars and notable estate residences in Wine Country, San Francisco, and the Peninsula.
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