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SEAOC Supports Efforts to Increase Seismic Performance and Safety of our Buildings

Monday, February 26, 2018  

The Structural Engineers Association of California Supports Efforts to Increase Seismic Performance and Safety of our Buildings and Resilience of our Communities


The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) continues to follow the development of important legislation proposed to increase the seismic performance of buildings and increase the resilience of our communities. Those seeking comment or additional information on the Association’s position regarding the legislation are encouraged to reach out to Janah Risha, SEAOC President; Ryan Kersting, SEAOC Legislative Committee Chair; or Don Schinske, SEAOC Executive Director, through the SEAOC office at (916) 447-1198.

SEAOC, the oldest structural engineering association in the world, has a rich history for assisting with and supporting significant building code development. Over the years, Association activities have helped formulate key seismic performance standards and Code language used throughout the world. Our technical committee members provide significant third-party advice to jurisdictions in the development and implementation of building standards and ordinances. SEAOC is encouraged by the efforts of California legislators in introducing legislation to improve building performance and safety and better understand risk to our communities, such as Assembly Bills 1857 and 2681, and remains available to them to provide expert input on these important legislative endeavors.

Through the formal committee process, SEAOC’s membership of nearly 4,000 professional and practicing engineers in California seeks to collaborate and consolidate information pertaining to the different market sectors affected by proposed legislation and building code changes. With four regional organizations representing Northern, Southern and Central California, and San Diego, SEAOC’s members are already participating in the process. The SEAOC Board of Directors encourages all members desiring to collaborate in this discussion to do so by contacting and participating on the respective regional and statewide committees.