“Owners are re-examining their buildings’ infrastructure and architecture. They are questioning their industry’s tradition of placing kitchens and refrigerators in basements. For the first time, many are realizing a need to set up backup power, communication systems and transportation networks.
“Everyone is thinking not only about backup power and emergency lighting,” he said, “but also the whole idea of what, exactly, is an acceptable ground level.” Some seating might have to be shifted downstairs, and kitchens and refrigeration moved upstairs.
A top priority now, he said, is creating a stormproof communications system “because in the future you can’t have me running the company from the bathroom of a gym on one cellphone, relying on a cell tower.””