City to host ReBuild Expo this Saturday

Property owners can learn how to build or rebuild their homes and businesses to be energy efficient and more resistant to storms by attending a free Rebuild Expo hosted by the City of Oklahoma City.

The Saturday event will run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., August 3 at Westmoore High School, 12613 S Western.

The expo was organized to help those who are rebuilding homes in south Oklahoma City and Moore as a result of the May storms, but anyone who is considering building a home can get helpful information.

The program features presentations by residents of Joplin, MO, and Greensburg, KS, who will share examples of resilient recovery following severe tornado damage.

“Many organizations will be under one roof to answer questions homeowners have about rebuilding,” T.O. Bowman, program coordinator for Oklahoma City’s Office of Sustainability said.

The presentation schedule is as follows:


David Greenwell, Oklahoma City Ward 5 Councilman

 11:25 a.m. – Stories of sustainable recovery

  • Catherine Hart, Co-Founder, Greensburg GreenTown & General Manager, GreenTown Joplin
  • Andrew Whitehead, Chair, GreenTown Joplin advisory group, and Partner, Whitehead Young accounting firm, Joplin

Noon – Market assistance program
John Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner

12:20 p.m. – Selecting a home builder
Mike Means, Oklahoma State Home Builders Association

 12:45 p.m. – How (and why) to select an architect
Andrew Seamans, D5 Architecture, AIA

 1:20 p.m.  Finding a storm shelter installer/distributor
Tom Bennett Past-President, National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA)

 1:40 p.m. – Stormwater quality issues after disasters
Raymond Melton Environmental Protection Manager, City of OKC

2:05 p.m. – Rating systems (Energy Star, LEED, NET ZERO, etc.)
Willy Crane, Energy Rater and Owner, Crane Home Energy Consulting and advisor to GreenTown Joplin

 2:40 p.m. – Strategies for making homes storm/wind-resistant
Sean Hutson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)

3:05 p.m. – Personal rebuilding story
Frank Schaffer, President, F.E. Schaffer Construction, Joplin, and advisor to GreenTown Joplin

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