Event Name: Lessons Learned from the Merrimack Valley Gas Recovery
Event Date: January 15, 2020
Event Start Time: 7:30 am
Event End Time: 9:30 am
Event Location: Allsteel, 200 State Street Suite 400, Boston MA 02109
Four days after over-pressurized gas lines exploded in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Massachusetts killing one person, injuring 21, and forcing more than 8,000 people to move out of their homes, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Joe Albanese to oversee the costly, complicated, and politically sensitive recovery. In just 11 weeks, from September to December, Albanese oversaw $700 million worth of repairs and reconstruction to homes, businesses, and natural-gas pipelines in the Merrimack Valley.
· What happened?
· What were the challenges and obstacles?
· Where are we now – updates?
The lessons learned through the Merrimack Valley recovery effort can help form a roadmap for future infrastructure projects.
Joseph J. Albanese, President and CEO, Commodore Builders
Joe Albanese is the founder and CEO of Commodore Builders, a $400 million Construction Management/General Contracting Firm located in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, with a degree in Civil Engineering from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Boston University.
As a U.S. Navy Officer, in 2007 Joe mobilized to the Middle East for 10 months of military service, serving as the Commander of Task Group 56.2 and 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (fwd), leading more than 2200 Navy Seabees throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, and The Horn of Africa. He retired as a Captain, U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps in September 2009, after 28 years of military service. His numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards).
Joe is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New England Center and Home for Veterans and serves on the Board of Advisors of the UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering. Joe sits on the Board of Directors of the Village Bank in Newton and is an overseer for the Boston Architectural College. He is immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, and Chairman of Board of Directors for Leading Cities, Boston. He is a Director for the Navy Seabee/Civil Engineer Corp Historic Foundation, and a Board Member for A Better City.
On September 17, 2018, Joe was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts as Chief Recovery Officer leading disaster recovery and restorations efforts following the September 13th gas line explosions impacting three municipalities in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. The gas over-pressurization event impacted over 58 miles of gas pipeline and more than 10,500 residences, community and municipal buildings, schools, and businesses. Joe took a 3 month leave of absence from Commodore Builders to lead this effort, which was substantially complete in early December 2018.
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Pre-Registration Deadline: January 8, 2020
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