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Life Safety and Comfort Are Built Into the Design

We faithfully board airplanes with the full confidence they will operate and fly us to our destinations safely. We go about our day-to-day routines in built environments the same way. We assume structural safety is built into the places we enter - offices, homes, stores, entertainment venues, and public spaces. While the framing, connections, wall and floor systems are mostly concealed underneath the building’s finishes, those elements have been designed to provide us with that confidence in the safety of our spaces. Check out the cross-section below to view typical structural applications in buildings. Structure is an essential part of any built environment.

DCI is a member of local, national, and international organizations with directives to improve the safety of buildings. We have the knowledge and the resources to discuss a wide range of topics regarding life safety design. Here is a list of staff members who are active with industry groups improving building safety standards.

Mark D’Amato: Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Applied Technology Council (ATC)

Greg Gilda: Construction Codes Advisory Board for the City of Seattle, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), International Code Council – Tall Wood Building Committee; Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) – Cross Laminated Timber Practitioner’s Advisory Committee

Harry Jones, II: Seismic Advisory Group (SAG) at Stanford University, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Tom Xia: Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Wade Younie: American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Standards Committee on Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings, Structural Engineers Association of Oregon’s (SEAO) Vintage Building Committee Chairman

John Tessem: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Tall Building committee, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), American Concrete Institute

Roger Heeringa: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

To learn about building codes, visit FEMA or ICC.

About the author

Rose Bechtold

Rose Bechtold, Communications Specialist | Rose comes from a journalism and technical writing background. She is in her element while in research mode and naturally immerses herself in expert knowledge by interviewing staff members about new subjects. In her spare time, Rose practices plein-air sketching of buildings and random scenes around town.

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