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Date(s) - 03/03/2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

St. Mary's College of Maryland

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March 3rd will have our spring meeting at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. We have two fantastic learning opportunities, a great location, and optional tours at the end of the program.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Daugherty-Palmer Commons Building

47720 College Drive

St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

Parking will take place in Parking Lot S and the building is building #13 on the map: https://www.smcm.edu/campus-map.pdf

There will be optional tours at the end of the session:

  • NEW Nancy R. and Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center
  • Jamie L. Roberts Athletic Stadium

Here is the agenda for the event.


Campus Wide Infrastructure Upgrades and Improvements

UMBC completed a 2-phase campus wide upgrade to many different infrastructure elements including electrical power, hot water, tunnels, domestic water piping refurbishment with lining for 1,300 LF of domestic water piping, and a stream rehabilitation to reduce erosion. One of the most visible elements is a pedestrian bridge that spans 125 LF to connect the main campus drive to the stadium. Many new techniques and products in the project may benefit other institutions considering similar upgrades.

  • Learning Objective 1       Case study of a prioritizing deferred maintenance projects on a campus.
  • Learning Objective 2       Implementing new technologies such as cured in place piping on domestic water to minimize disturbance, LED exterior lighting, and erosion control.
  • Learning Objective 3       Implementing phased campus heating and power refurbishments without jeopardizing services.


Tom Argasinski, AIA, LEED AP

Assistant Director

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Speaker Bio

Tom has served in the role of Project Manager and more recently as Assistant Director at UMBC for the last nine years of his twenty-five-year career. He has managed teams and the implementation of several building and infrastructure projects at UMBC and American University in Washington DC with a combined value of over $250 million. A licensed architect and LEED-accredited professional, Tom received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and his Master of Real Estate from The Kogod School of Business at American University.

Andy Jones, PE


RMF Engineering, Inc., PC

Speaker Bio

Andy Jones leads the Campus Master Planning group at RMF Engineering, Inc. A mechanical engineer graduate of UMBC himself, he has been with the firm since 1997. Andy has become an expert in energy, utilities, and decarbonization. Andy has developed strategies for institutions that maximizes return on investment, energy efficiency, and sustainability. In this project for UMBC, Andy led the overall condition assessment and recommendations study. He then managed a multi-discipline design team to implement the modernization components.

Brett Long, PE

Water Resources Engineer

Brett Long, Water Resources Engineer with Biohabitats, has 18 years of experience in environmental engineering design and modeling with a focus on water resources restoration. He has worked with communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic on efforts to design and build green infrastructure and ecological restoration projects. Mr. Long has also has provided project and program management support for MS4 permit holders. In this project for UMBC, Brett led the stream restoration design and waterways permitting efforts.

Establishing the Emergency Management Program at the Smithsonian Institution

 Presentation Highlights:

  • Smithsonian Institution statistics and highlights
  • A quick review of major events that impacted Smithsonian operations
  • Statistics from Smithsonian losses
  • EM program priorities challenges at the beginning of the new program
  • EM office staffing composition and structure
  • Successfully establishing the EM program (what were the emphasis areas?)
  • Key lessons learned to date


Eric L. Gentry

Director, Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Smithsonian Institution

Washington, D.C.

Eric manages a relatively small staff with the large responsibility of enhancing the emergency preparedness, resilience, and response capabilities of the Smithsonian Institution (SI). The Smithsonian’s large and dispersed footprint, unique and vast collections, public operations, and it’s status as a national icon and symbol of U.S. heritage, present formidable challenges

Over the course of his 40-year career in emergency management, Eric has responded to more than 60 major disasters, working at the local, state, and Federal government levels.



Ticket Type Price Spaces
MD/DC APPA Spring Event $50.00
Sponsor $400.00
Presenter or Emeritus $0.00

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