August Meeting

  • 23 Aug 2018
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Maggiano's Little Italy - Domain
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(re)Building Infrastructure in Haiti: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Presented By:  Dave Dunkman, PE, Hollingsworth Pack


In the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, the US government freed up some funds to rebuild the country’s collapsed infrastructure. Along with colleagues at Hollingsworth Pack, Mr. Dunkman was involved in this effort on the design and construction administration side, specifically for law-and-order facilities including 6 police stations and 3 prison complexes. His presentation will cover challenges building earthquake-resistant buildings in a country with no enforced building code, and lessons learned from the process. A particular focus will be structural design efforts on the Fort Liberte prison (2014-2016), a 300-inmate prison facility on the north side of the island.


Dave Dunkman, PE is a structural engineer with Hollingsworth Pack, having worked at the Austin office from its infancy. His specialty there has been structural design for new retail and office buildings, though he occasionally gets the chance to stretch his legs on a seismic rehabilitation project in Greenland or a construction monitoring post in India. He was educated at Northwestern University (BS) and the University of Texas Austin (MS). Presently serving as the SEAoT Austin Chapter's President, Mr. Dunkman is also involved with American Concrete Institute, having contributed to the Committee 423's Guide to Estimating Prestress Losses.
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