Designing Wood-Frame Structures for High Winds
- Review the parameters for building wind load calculations per ASCE 7 and the International Building Code.
- Examine the three main types of building wind loads (uplift, in-plane, and out-of-plane) and design considerations associated with each.
- Discuss common wood-frame shear wall, diaphragm, and tie-down systems.
- Recognize the benefits of redundancy in wind-resisting wood-frame systems.
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Ricky is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and a Senior Technical Director of Project Resources and Solutions for WoodWorks. He has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to the structural design, project management and construction administration of new single-family, multi-family, municipal, industrial, and mixed-used buildings. Before joining WoodWorks, Ricky was a Senior Structural Engineer, working on projects in the Northeast from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and a member of the ASCE Structural Wind Engineering Committee, SEI Blast Protection of Buildings Standards Committee, and NIBS Offsite Construction Council Board. Ricky received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and an MS in Structural Engineering from Norwich University.