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Building Seismic Safety Council

The Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) deals with the complex technical, regulatory, social and economic issues involved in developing and promulgating building earthquake risk mitigation provisions. Established in 1979, the council’s purpose is to enhance public safety by providing a national forum that fosters improved seismic planning, design, construction and regulation in the building community.

In 1977, Congress passed the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act to protect the lives of building occupants, during an earthquake and mitigate the impact of such disasters on the national economy. The law established the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). BSSC, under contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), develops and maintains a key resource — the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. The Provisions are used as the primary resource for the professional design standard ASCE/SEI 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures

Evaluation

To evaluate research findings, practices, and fields investigations to aid in developing seismic safety provisions

Education

To provide ongoing education for structural design professionals through training materials, webinars, workshops and colloquia; and provide education outreach on seismic design and construction to the non-technical building community and the general public

Outreach

To promote the adoption of provisions by the national standards and model building codes, and advise government bodies on their programs of research, development and implementation.

Membership

BSSC's success with the Provisions is due to the efforts of its members and volunteer experts, including engineers, seismologists, architects, academics, researchers, code officials, manufacturers and suppliers. 

Officers
Chair

Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD
President, American Institute of Steel Construction

Vice Chair

Kent Yu, PhD, SE
Principal, SEFT Consulting Group

Secretary

Roberto Leon, P.E., PhD
Professor, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

Member at Large

Craig A. Davis, PhD, PE, GE
Water System Resilience Program Manager & Seismic Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (retired)

Member at Large

Joann Browning, PhD, PE
Dean, College of Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio

Past Chair

James Cagley, PE, SE
President, Cagley & Associates

Board of Directors Liaison

Dr. Sez Ratamturktur Russcher
Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering, Penn State

Staff Liaison

Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan, PhD, PE, PMP
Executive Director, Multi-Hazard Mitigation and BSSC, National Institute of Building Sciences

2026 PUC AND IT MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

2020 NEHRP Provisions Update Committee (PUC)

The NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures embodies the state–of–knowledge criteria for the design and construction of buildings subject to earthquake hazards. The techniques and technologies contained in this resource document are diffused into several national standards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE–7 Design Standard for Minimum Loads that are referenced by the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC).

The Provisions are developed by the Provisions Update Committee (PUC) a technical committee of seismic experts that identify and apply the most advanced seismic technology available. The committee is supported by expert issue teams (ITs) that address specific aspects of seismic design methodology and construction. These committee and team members ensure that lessons learned from the building performance during the earthquakes, as well as new research to improve earthquake resistance, are reflected in state–of–the–art seismic requirements. The ITs develop proposals for requirements that are balloted by the PUC according to BSSC's consensus process, and subsequently balloted by the member organizations.

PUC Committee Members
Name Organization Role
Bonneville, David Degenkolb Engineers Chair
Carrato, Peter Bechtel Power Corporation Member
Cobeen, Kelly Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Member
Crouse, C.B. AECOM Member
Dolan, Dan Washington State University Member
Dutta, Anindya Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Member
Ghosh, S.K. S.K. Ghosh Associates Member
Gillengerten, John John Gillengerten Member
Hamburger, Ron Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Member
Harris, Jim James Harris & Associates Member
Holmes, William Rutherford & Chekene Member
Hooper, John Magnusson Klemencic Associates Member
Kasali, Gyimah Rutherford & Chekene Member
Kircher, Charles Charles Kircher & Associates Member
Line, Philip American Wood Council Member
Lizundia, Bret Rutherford & Chekene Member
Malley, James Degenkolb Engineers Member
Manley, Bonnie American Iron and Steel Institute Member
Pekelnicky, Robert Degenkolb Engineers Member
Sabelli, Rafael Walter P. Moore Member
Silva, John Hilti Member
Soules, Greg Chicago Bridge and Iron Company Member
Stewart, Jonathan University of California Los Angeles Member
Luco, Nico U.S. Geological Survey USGS Liaison
Rezaeian, Sanaz U.S. Geological Survey USGS Liaison
McCabe, Steven National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST Liaison
Collins, Jason PCS Structural Solutions Corresponding Member
Rodrigues–Merak, Adrian Virginia Tech Corresponding Member
Hanson, Robert Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Technical Advisor
Tong, Mai Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Project Officer
Yuan, Jiqiu (JQ) National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) BSSC Executive Director
PUC Meetings

March 17 meeting

May 6

April 16th – 18th

August 13th – 14th

December 4th - 5th

November 28th

August 29th –30th

April 12th – 13th

PUC Issue Teams

Work Scope

The IT1 main scope will be to evaluate the adequacy of the qualitative performance objectives in Section 1.1 of the provisions (not in currently ASCE-7) and determine if they are sufficient for the design of buildings and other structures. Moreover, the IT 1 will look at ASCE-7 Chapter 1 that is not currently in the Provision, and Provision Commentary Chapter 11, 12, 13, and 15 that are currently not in ASCE-7. Since there is a Project 17 task committee looking at the acceptable risk with regard to safety based on collapse of the structure, this issue team will focus on topics such as nonstructural performance, loss of function and potentially the level of damage. The committee will review the Resource Paper on future directions in performance based design from the 2015 Provisions and other applicable research projects related to performance-based design (ATC 58-2, ATC-84, ATC etc.). Other potential topics: non-structural performance, loss of function and potentially the level of damage, and the ATC 120 study funded by NIST. IT1 may look at R factor.

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair Robert Pekelnicky Degenkolb Engineers San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Ibbi Amufti Arup San Francisco, CA
Voting Member David Bonneville Degenkolb Engineers San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Julie Furr Chad Stewart & Associates Lakeland, TN
Voting Member Ron Hamburger SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Jim Harris James Harris & Associates Denver, CA
Voting Member Jon Heintz Applied Technology Council Redwood City, CA
Voting Member John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates Seattle, WA
Voting Member Steve McCabe NIST Gaithersburg, MD
Voting Member Maryann Phipps Estructure Oakland, CA
Voting Member John Silva Hilti San Francisco, CA
Voting Member J.G. (Greg) Soules CB & I  
USGS Liason Nico Luco USGS Golden, CO
Corresponding Member Kevin Moore SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Daniel Dolan Washington State University Pullman, WA
Corresponding Member David Bonowitz David Bonowitz San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Terry Lundeen COUGHLINPORTERLUNDEEN Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Rob Smith Arup San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Jack Baker Stanford Palo Alto, CA
Corresponding Member John Gillengerten Self  
Corresponding Member Philip Line American Wood Council Leesburg, VA

Work Scope

Consider adjustments to design coefficients and factors, including height limits, for seismic force resisting systems; the relationship between deflection amplification factor, response modification coefficient and drift limits; direction of loading requirements, including additional requirements for short period structures; and additional issues raised by or brought into the PUC. Coordinate with IT 1 on issues affecting Chapter 12, such as seismic design categories and multi-period spectra. The work product will be Part 1 proposals and Part 2 Commentary.

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair Sandy Hohener Degenkolb Engineers Los Angeles, CA
Voting Member Kevin Moore Simpson Gumpertz & Heger San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Daniel Dolan Washington State University Pullman, WA
Voting Member Bret Lizundia Rutherford & Chekene San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Edwin Huston Smith & Huston Seattle, WA
Voting Member Tom Xia DCI Engineers Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Bonnie Manley Steel Market Develop Insitute Norfolk, MA
Corresponding Member Taka Tamiya Degenkolb Engineers Los Angeles, CA
Corresponding Member Dan Sloat Degenkolb Engineers Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Richard Bennett University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
Corresponding Member Greg Soules    
Corresponding Member Hussain Bhatia OSHPD Sacramento, CA
Corresponding Member Robert Tremblay Polytechnique Montreal, Canada

Work Scope

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair Anindya Dutta SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Jim Malley Degenkolb San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Bob Hanson Univ of Michigan Dublin, Ohio
Voting Member Jay Harris NIST Gaithersburg, MD
Voting Member Rafael Sabelli WALTER P MOORE San Francisco, California
Voting Member Kevin Aswegan Magnusson Klemencic Associates Seattle, Washington
Corresponding Member Jason Collins PCS Structural Solutions Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Finley Charney Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia
Corresponding Member Rob Tovani Computers and Structures, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA

Work Scope

The shear wall IT will consider the effects of external loads (gravity as well as lateral) on shear walls of concrete, steel, masonry, and wood. It will next consider the possible failure modes resulting from those load effects or internal forces. This will lead to a determination of the failure modes that are critical in design, which in turn should lead to possible areas of improvement in current design practice. Two of those areas are anticipated to be the following:

The shear design of these shear walls is absolutely crucial to the safety of these structures. However, we have at best an imperfect understanding of the maximum shear that can develop and how it is transferred at the base. It will be very beneficial for the IT to look into this design aspect.

The IT will develop Part 1 proposals and accompanying Part 2 commentary dealing with any topic on which the IT is able to progress to that point. All other findings of the IT and work leading to those findings will be recorded in a Part 3 Resource Paper.

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair S.K. Ghosh S. K. Ghosh Associates Inc. Palatine, IL
Voting Member Jason Collins PCS Structural Solutions Seattle, Tacome, WA
Voting Member David Fields Magnusson Klemencic Associates Seattle, WA
Voting Member Kelly Cobeen Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Emeryville, CA
Voting Member Dick Bennett University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
Voting Member Gino Kurama University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
Voting Member Andy Taylor KPFF Consulting Engineers Seattle, WA
Voting Member Michel Bruneau University of Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Corresponding Member Rafael Sabelli Walter P. Moore San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member John Wallace University of California Los Angeles, CA
Corresponding Member Daniel Borello Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
Corresponding Member Bonnie Manley American Iron and Steel Institute Norfolk, MA
Corresponding Member Joe Maffei Maffei Structural Engineering Oakland, San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Tom Xia DCI Engineers Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Dan Dolan Washington State University Pullman, WA
Corresponding Member John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Laura Lowes University of Washington Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Jose Restrepo University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
Corresponding Member Andrew Whittaker University of Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Corresponding Member Siamak Sattar NIST Gaithersburg, MD
Corresponding Member Dawn Lehman University of Washington Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Philip Line American Wood Council Leesburg, VA
Corresponding Member Jack Moehle University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA
Corresponding Member Lawrence C. Novak Portland Cement Association Skokie, IL
Corresponding Member Joe Ferzli Cary Kopczynski & Company Bellevue, WA
Corresponding Member Jeff Berman The University of Washington Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Larry A. Fahnestock University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL
Corresponding Member Amit H. Varma Purdue University West Lafayette, IN

Work Scope

During the development of the 2015 NEHRP Provisions, there was extensive discussion on establishing performance objectives for nonstructural components. In addition, specific issues have been identified that significantly influence the performance of nonstructural components, but are not adequately covered in the current Provisions. With the exception of a review of Rp factors, all of the nonstructural items listed in the 2015 NEHRP Issues were research needs. NIST is supporting the ATC-120 project that directly addresses a substantial number of the research needs, including the force equations and performance objectives for nonstructural components.

Two of the areas of investigation in the second phase of ATC-120 are a detailed evaluation of the nonstructural design provisions, and development of performance objectives for nonstructural components. The detailed evaluation will include development of a design philosophy for nonstructural components that identifies desirable post-yield and failure mechanisms for components, supports and attachments, and a method for producing generic floor spectra for design of nonstructural components.

IT5 will incorporate information from ATC-120 to develop proposals for updating the force equations and nonstructural anchorage to concrete and masonry provisions to reflect the most current research, and proposals to update the Rp factors. Depending on the outcome of the ATC-120 effort on nonstructural performance objectives, IT5 will produce either a proposal or white paper.

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair John Gillengerten SE, Retired OSHPD Hebron, KY
Voting Member Peter Carrato Bechtel Reston, VA
Voting Member Travis Churpalo Degenkolb Oakland, CA
Voting Member Bill Holmes R&C San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Bret Lizundia R&C San Francisco, CA
Voting Member John Silva Hilti San Rafael, CA
Voting Member Greg Soules CB&I Woodlands, TX
Voting Member Chris Tokas OSHPD Sacramento, CA
Corresponding Member Hussain Bhatia OSHPD Sacramento, CA
Corresponding Member Phil Caldwell Schneider  
Corresponding Member Meaghan Halligan ISAT SF Bay Area
Corresponding Member Matthew Hoehler NIST Gaithersburg, MD
Corresponding Member Maryann Phipps Estructure Emeryville, CA
Corresponding Member Robert Simmons Petra Seismic Design Houston, TX
Corresponding Member Siavash Soroushian Arup San Francisco, CA

Work Scope

To identify seismic design issues unique to non-building structures. Specific items currently identified for consideration include:

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair Peter Carrato Bechtel Reston, VA
Voting Member Greg Soules CB&I Houston, TX
Voting Member Eric Wey Fluor Houston, TX
Voting Member Bill Scott AISC Industrial building committee Port Townsend, WA
Corresponding Member Harold Sprague Parsons Gladstone, MO
Corresponding Member John Rolfes Computerized Structural Design Milwaukee, WI
Corresponding Member Robert Simmons Petra Seismic / ASHRAE Houston, TX
Corresponding Member Rick Drake Fluor Aliso Viejo, CA
Corresponding Member John Silva Hilti San Francisco, CA

Work Scope

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair Stephen Harris Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. San Francisco
Voting Member C.B. Crouse AECOM Seattle
Voting Member Gyimah Kasali Rutherford + Chekene San Francisco
Voting Member Ian McFarlane Magnusson Klemencic Associates Seattle
Voting Member Robert Pekelnicky Degenkolb Engineers San Francisco
Voting Member Jonathan Stewart UCLA Los Angeles
Corresponding Member Bruce Kutter UC Davis Davis
Corresponding Member Armin Masroor Arup San Francisco

Work Scope

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair Bret Lizundia Rutherford + Chekene San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Michael Constantinou SUNY - Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Voting Member Andrew Whittaker SUNY - Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Voting Member Reid Zimmerman KPFF Consulting Engineers Portland, OR
Voting Member Steve Mahin University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA
Voting Member Robert Pekelnicky Degenkolb Engineers San Francisco, CA
Voting Member Andy Taylor KPFF Consulting Engineers Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Armin Masroor Arup San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Ron Mayes SGH San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Victor Zayas Earthquake Protection Systems Mare Island, CA
Corresponding Member Anthony Giammona Nabih Yousef Associates San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Keri Ryan University of Nevado, Reno Reno, NV
Corresponding Member Rob Smith Arup San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Charlie Kircher Kircher and Associates Palo Alto, CA

Work Scope

Membership

Role Name Organization Location
Chair Kelly Cobeen Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Emeryville, CA
Voting Member John Lawson Cal Poly San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
Voting Member S.K. Ghosh S. K. Ghosh Associates Palatine, IL
Voting Member Ben Schafer (1) Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
Voting Member Tom Sabol Engelkirk & Sabol Los Angeles, CA
Voting Member Ron La Plante California Division of the State Arch San Diego, CA
(1) Ben Schafer is primary contact and voting member for steel industry research projects. Matt Eatherton or Jerome Hajjar may attend meetings in Ben's place.
Corresponding Member Andre Filiatrault SUNY University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Corresponding Member Bill Holmes Rutherford & Chekene Oakland, CA
Corresponding Member Bonnie Manley AISI Norfolk, MA
Corresponding Member Christopher Gill Hilti North America Plano, TX
Corresponding Member Dan Dolan Washington State Universtiy Pullman, WA
Corresponding Member Dave Golden ASC Steel Deck Div. of ASC Profiles Sacramento, CA
Corresponding Member Jerome (Jerry) Hajjar Northeastern University Boston, MA
Corresponding Member Maria Koliiou Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO
Corresponding Member Matt Eatherton Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
Corresponding Member Patrick Bodwell Vulcraft/ Verco Group Sacramento, CA
Corresponding Member Phil Line American Wood Council Leesburg, VA
Corresponding Member Pouria Bahmani KPFF Consulting Engineers Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Rafael Sabelli Walter P. Moore San Francisco, CA
Corresponding Member Robert Tremblay Polytechnique Montreal Montreal, Canada
Corresponding Member Steve Hobbs Vulcraft Tremonton, UT
Corresponding Member Tom Xia DCI Engineers Seattle, WA
Corresponding Member Walt Schultz Nucor  
Corresponding Member Andrew Shuck Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Emeryville, CA

Membership

Role Name Organization
Chair CB Crouse AECOM
Voting Member Ron Hamburger Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Voting Member Jim Harris James Harris & Associates
Voting Member William Holmes Rutherford & Chekene
Voting Member John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Voting Member Charlie Kircher Charles Kircher & Associates
Voting Member Nico Luco U.S. Geological Survey
Voting Member Sanaz Razaeian U.S. Geological Survey
Voting Member Jonathan Stewart University of California Los Angeles
BSSC Member Organizations

The Member Organizations (MOs) of the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) support the development of the 2020 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, which is intended for adoption into ASCE/SEI 7–22 and IBC 2024. The MOs will participate in the Provisions development process by balloting change proposals that are passed in Provisions Update Committee (PUC) ballots and approved by the BSSC Board of Direction.

Organization Representative
American Concrete Institute Khaled Nahlawi
American Institute of Architects Perry Haviland
American Institute of Steel Construction Larry Kruth
American Iron and Steel Institute Bonnie Manley
American Society of Civil Engineers Jennifer Goupil
American Wood Council Bradford Douglas
The Engineered Wood Association Thomas Skaggs
Applied Technology Council Jim Cagley
ASHRAE Robert Simmons
Building Owners and Managers Association John Catlett
California Department of General Services Diane Gould
Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada Kurt Siggard
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Danielle Kleinhans
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute David Fanella
Department of Veterans Affairs Juan Archilla
General Services Administration William Earl
Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Anne Cope
International Code Council Mike Pfeiffer
Metal Building Manufacturers Association Lee Shoemaker
National Association of Homebuilders Gary Ehrlich
Organization Representative
National Concrete Masonry Association Jason Thompson
National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Kevin Moore
Portland Cement Association Paul Tennis
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Roger Becker
Rack Manufacturers Institute Victor Azzi
Steel Deck Institute Robert Paul
Structural Engineer Association of Washington Patrick Lindblom
Structural Engineers Association of California Don Schinske
Structural Engineers Association of Central California David Palmer
Structural Engineers Association of Colorado Rob Jackson
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Jon Sfura
Structural Engineers Association of Kansas & Missouri F. Alan Wiley
Structural Engineers Association of Northern California Ken Miles
Structural Engineers Association of Oregon Reid Zimmerman
Structural Engineers Association of San Diego Heather Caya
Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Dianne Ochoa
Structural Engineers Association of Utah Philip Miller
Steel Joist Institute Kenneth Charles
The Masonry Society Philip Samblanet
Project 17 Committee (P17C)

Every ten years ('97, '07 and '17), the BSSC sets design maps rules to support USGS in developing the next generation of hazard maps.The Project 17 Committee (P17C), through the efforts of five work groups that address acceptable risk, precision and uncertainty, multi-period spectra, deterministic caps, and Seismic design Categories will develop proposals on the rules as a Provisions Update Committee (PUC) IT (Issue Team).

P17C Members
Name Organization Role
Hamburger, Ron Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Chair
Abrahamson, Norm University of California Berkeley Project 17 Committee
Bonneville, David Degenkolb Engineers Project 17 Committee
Crouse, C.B. AECOM Project 17 Committee
Dolan, Dan Washington State University Project 17 Committee
Furr, Julie Chad Stewart & Associates Project 17 Committee
Harris, Jim James Harris & Associates Project 17 Committee
Heintz, John Applied Technology Council Project 17 Committee
Holmes, William Rutherford & Chekene Project 17 Committee
Hooper, John Magnusson Klemencic Associates Project 17 Committee
Holmes, William Rutherford & Chekene Project 17 Committee
Hooper, John Magnusson Klemencic Associates Project 17 Committee
Kircher, Charles Charles Kircher & Associates Project 17 Committee
Pekelnicky, Robert Degenkolb Engineerss Project 17 Committee
Siu, John City of Seattle, Washington Project 17 Committee
Stewart, Jonathan University of California Los Angeles Project 17 Committee
Luco, Nico U.S. Geological Survey USGS Liaison
Rezaeian, Sanaz U.S. Geological Survey USGS Liaison
Sattar, Siamak National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST Liaison
Tong, Mai FEMA FEMA/NIBS
Hanson, Robert University of Michigan FEMA/NIBS
Yuan, Jiqiu (JQ) NIBS FEMA/NIBS
Goupil, Jennifer (Chair) ASCE Advisory Committee
Caldwell, Philip Schneider Electric Advisory Committee
Egan, John SAGE Engineers Advisory Committee
Ehrlich, Gary NAHB Advisory Committee
Moore, Kevin SGH Advisory Committee
Mota, Mike CRSI Advisory Committee
Rodiguez–Merak, Adrian ASCE Geo–Technical Institute Advisory Committee
Soules, Greg CBI Advisory Committee
Zafir, Zia Kleinfelder Advisory Committee
P17C Meetings

April 3, 2018 Meeting:

August 14, 2018 Meeting:

August 28, 2017 Meeting:

April 12, 2017 Project 17 Meeting:

April 11, 2017 Project 17 Workshop:

P17C Work Groups
Membership
Name organization
Robert Pekelnicky, Chair Degenkolb Engineers
Ibbi Amufti ARUP
Jack Baker Stanford University
C.B. Crouse AECOM
John Heintz Applied Technology Council
William Holmes Rutherford & Chekene
John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Charles Kircher Charles Kircher & Associates
Nico Luco U.S. Geological Survey
Siamak Sattar National Institute of Standards and Technology
Jonathan Stewart University of California Los Angeles
Membership
Name Organization
Charles Kircher, Chair Charles Kircher & Associates
David Bonneville Degenkolb Engineers
C.B. Crouse AECOM
John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Nico Luco U.S. Geological Survey
Sanaz Rezaeian U.S. Geological Survey
Jonathan Stewart University of California Los Angeles
Membership
Name Organization
C.B. Crouse, Chair AECOM
Ned Field U.S. Geological Survey
John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Charles Kircher Charles Kircher & Associates
Nico Luco U.S. Geological Survey
Sanaz Rezaeian U.S. Geological Survey
Jonathan Stewart University of California Los Angeles
Membership
Name Organization
Dan Dolan, Chair Washington State University
Ben Enfield City of Seattle Building Department
John Heintz ATC
Nico Luco USGS
Bob Pekelnicky Degenklob
Membership
Name organization
Julie Furr, Chair Chad Stewart & Associates
Bob Pekelnicky Degenkolb Engineers
Jim Harris James Harris & Associates
Bill Holmes Rutherford & Chekene
Jon Siu City of Seattle, Washington
Dan Dolan Washington State University
John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Paul Timko (Little Rock, AR72201)
Code Resource Support Committee (CRSC)

The role of this nation's model building codes and standards is critical to seismic design and mitigation. Any action that furthers the effectiveness of these codes and how they are used will significantly help meet the goal of reducing this nation's losses from natural disasters.

The BSSC Code Resource Support Committee (CRSC) monitors and contributes to the model codes and standards development process particularly, for the International Building Code (IBC), the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) to ensure that they remain substantially equivalent to the latest edition of the NEHRP Recommended Provisions as defined by the ICSSC under Executive Order 13747 as well as other FEMA earthquake design guidance publications for new and existing buildings.

The CRSC develops and submits code change proposals that further support the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions in other relevant standards publications. The CRSC works with the representative organizations such as ACSE, IBHS, NAHB, and SEAOC to identify and address these issues.

The CRSC also supports related activities such as outreach and education materials to ensure that seismic hazards continue to be addressed.

Comittee Members
Name Organization Role
Winkel, Steven StevenWinkel Chair
Bachman, Robert RE Bachman Consulting Engineers Member
Bonowitz, David DavidBonowitz Member
Cobeen, Kelly Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) Member
Dolan, J. Daniel Washington State University Member
Dowty, Susan S.K. Ghosh Associates Member
Ehrlich, Gary National Association of Home Builders Member
Gillengerten, John John Gillengerten Member
Haviland, Perry American Institute of Architects Member
Hooper, John Magnusson Klemencic Associates Member
Moore, Kevin National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Member
Paullus, Robert Paullus Structural Consultants Member
Pekelnicky, Robert Degenkolb Engineers Member
Siu, Jonathan City of Seattle, Washington Member
Xia, Tom Structural Engineers Association of Washington Member
Carr, Alan International Code Council, Inc. Advisory Member
Ghosh, S.K. S.K. Ghosh Associates Advisory Member
Goupil, Jennifer American Society of Civil Engineers Advisory Member
Line, Philip American Wood Council Advisory Member
Manley, Bonnie American Iron and Steel Institute Advisory Member
Reports

BSSC COUNCIL MEETING AND SYMPOSIUM ON 2020 NEHRP PROVISIONS
Developed by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Provisions Update Committee (PUC) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures (NEHRP Provisions) help translate new knowledge and recent research results for improving national standards and codes. The Provisions are a state-of-art resource and reference document for design professionals and standard and code-development organizations. Learn more

BSSC NEHRP WEBINAR SERIES
The webinar series is organized by the eight chapters in the 2020 NEHRP Recommended Provisions: Design Examples, and serves as part the FEMA NEHRP/BSSC outreach and education effort. Registration for the webinar series is free (space is limited). CEUs (for AIA and ICC) and certificates of attendance for PDHs and will be provided to those who attend the live webinars. Learn more

Should you have any additional questions about the Building Seismic Safety Council or would like to know more about the council's activities, please contact:

Staff Liaison

Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan, PhD, PE, PMP
Executive Director, Multi-Hazard Mitigation and BSSC
National Institute of Building Sciences

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Companies & Organizations
130
National Subject Matter Experts
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Technical Proposals

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