Seminar to examine post-Sept. 11 strategies for those who manage and protect property

The impact of the Sept. 11 tragedy on commercial property management, corporate facilities management, insurance and emergency-response planning will be examined in a seminar developed by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate Education at the University of St. Thomas College of Business.

The seminar is designed for those who are responsible for managing facilities and protecting the occupants. “The goal of the seminar,” according to Dr. Thomas Musil, director of the Shenehon Center, “is to provide managers with the tools needed to minimize risk and develop emergency and safety plans that will limit escalating commercial property insurance costs.”

“Post-9/11 Response Strategies for Property and Facilities Managers, Building Owners, Public Officials: Safety, Risk, Insurance and Emergency-Response Planning” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 19, in Thornton Auditorium on the university’s downtown Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Ave.

Dr. Peter Young, who holds the Blanch Chair in Insurance at St. Thomas, will open the seminar with an overview of how insurance has changed following 9/11.

Michael O’Hara, an adjunct faculty member at St. Thomas, will moderate a panel on “The Effects of 9/11 on Building Design, Operation and Safety.” Panelists will include the St. Paul and Bloomington fire marshals, building code officials and representatives from the commercial property industry.

Gary Levin, an adjunct faculty member and risk-management consultant, will lead a panel of insurance experts on “Understanding the Relationship Between Your Property-Management Practices and Insurance (Whether You Can Even Get Coverage and What It Will Cost).”

The third panel, “Emergency-Response Planning,” will cover liability obligations, key components of an emergency plan, and how to ensure that your plan works. It will be led by Dr. Peter Homenuck, executive vice president of DPRA Inc.

Cost of the program is $129. For more information or to register call the Shenehon Center at (651) 962-4289.