Use of PEER Tall Buildings Initiative Guidelines for Peer Review of Tall and Unique Structures

Seminar | September 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 James O. Malley, S.E. Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, Degenkolb Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

Engineers designing tall and otherwise unique structures are challenged in strictly meeting all
seismic design provisions of the building code. Prior to 2010, there were no guidelines in
place to allow engineers to perform a performance-based seismic design to validate that their
designs were consistent with the performance goals of the code. In 2010, the PEER Tall Building
Initiative published the first edition of the “Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design
of Tall Buildings.” Since their publication, the PEER Guidelines have been used to facilitate
the peer review and approval of dozens of tall and unique structures in many major West
Coast cities. This presentation will summarize some of the key elements of the Guidelines and
discuss their application on a number of interesting peer review projects.