Structural Design of Masonry Storm Shelters - 1 LU/HSW

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presented by: FORSE Consulting

Learn about updated storm shelter provisions per IBC 2015 and ICC 500, including examples of storm shelter concept designs. We’ll discuss the requirements for the design and construction of storm shelters to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare in high-wind events, like tornadoes and hurricanes. Focus is on best practice for the design of masonry structures to accommodate high wind loading and storm shelter provisions of the code.


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Learning Objectives:

  • Briefly review key aspects of effective and efficient structural masonry design
  • Evaluate when and where we need to design a storm shelter to protect the public health, safety, and welfare
  • Gain an understanding of what is essential in storm shelter design per current code provisions, and what changes need to be made from a typical masonry design
  • Explore concept shelter designs and their structural system options
  • Highlight how software can help us design shelters more effectively and efficiently

About the Speaker

Beth Suminski, P.E., S.E.

Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting


Beth Suminski, P.E., S.E., has worked for over 20 years as a structural engineer in the fields of consulting engineering, software, and continuing education. In her current position with FORSE Consulting, she serves as a Technical Consultant to the Steel Tube Institute, where she continues to pursue both the design and educational aspects of structural engineering.



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