Burgess & Niple - Speaking Engagement

Speaking Engagements

September 29, 2020

Ohio Economic Development Association Annual Summit

Virtual Visit Event Website

Wednesday, September 30
10:00 – 11:00 AM

The Franklinton Floodwall: How Infrastructure Drives Economic Growth

More than 20 years ago, a floodwall was built along the Scioto River to protect the Franklinton neighborhood, on the west side of Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Designed by Burgess & Niple (B&N) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), the seven-mile-long structure helped protect the area from flooding and eliminated the need for residents and businesses to purchase flood insurance in the Franklinton and Scioto Peninsula neighborhoods. 

The floodwall's impact, however, extends beyond addressing insurance concerns. It increased the land values that define the area today and paved the way for the area's revitalization and economic growth. This includes the estimated $250 million Phase I redevelopment of East Franklinton that will be home to new residential, office, commercial and hotel space, with more than $1 billion of development anticipated to follow. Additional enhancements to the downtown area that have played off the floodwalls' establishment include the revitalization of Whittier Peninsula with the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, reconstruction of the Rich Street Bridge, the development of the Scioto Mile Park and more.  

This panel discussion will cover the process needed to get funding for the floodwall, its return-on-investment for the ACOE and how to overcome site-readiness issues in order to spur economic development growth in the short and long term. This will include identification of key site-readiness concerns for development, how to turn these site-readiness issues into assets and potential funding assistance that is available to assist in completing this conversion.  

B&N Presenters:

Tom Mignery, CPG, VAP CP

Brian Tornes, PE

Thursday, October 1, 2020
2:30 – 3:30 PM

Connecting Communities Through Alternative Transportation Facilities

Whether in a small town or a big city, new developments no longer rely on cars but are increasingly focused on environmentally-friendly means of transportation that attract all ages and lifestyles. These walkways, waterways, bridges and multi-use paths create connectivity throughout a community, allowing people to walk, run, bike or boat to their destination. These facilities also enhance destination-based tourism and placemaking by integrating them into parks and streets, connecting people to recreational and commercial areas.  

B&N has developed many multimodal transportation pathways that help connect communities and drive economic development in the surrounding area. Facilities such as the Scioto Audubon and Quarry Trails Metro Parks, the Confluence Village Park and pedestrian bridge, and the recently-opened Olentangy-Bethel Road Connector are all examples of how these alternative transportation methods have been integrated within the Central Ohio community to help enhance connectivity and drive community growth. This presentation will review these success stories and how to address mobility needs to help drive recreation and economic 


B&N Presenters:

Brian Tornes, PE

Amy Rosepiler, PE

Tom Mignery, CPG, VAP CP,

TOM MIGNERY, CPG, VAP CP

Brian Tornes, PE, Director, Environmental Division

BRIAN TORNES, PE
Director, Environmental Division

Amy Rosepiler, PE, Director, Columbus Roadway Design Section

AMY ROSEPILER, PE
Director, Columbus Roadway Design Section