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Guide to the Design of Building Systems for Serviceability

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Front Matter (Title Page, TOC, Preface and Forward)

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This Guide to the Design of Building Systems for Serviceability provides practical information and design examples for design professionals to evaluate the serviceability performance of buildings against requirements of the 2012 IBC.



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Kurt D. Swensson, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP (bio)

Kurt D. Swensson, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP

Kurt D. Swensson, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP

Dr. Kurt Swensson is a founder and is President of KSi Structural Engineers with offices in Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA. KSi Structural Engineers provides services for many project types but specializes in medical, educational, science & technology, as well as corporate facilities.

Kurt is licensed to practice engineering in 22 states and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Dr. Swensson has more than twenty-six years of structural design and project management experience with buildings varying in type, size and material.

Dr. Swensson graduated Summa Cum Laude, with honors in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University.  He earned his M.S., Civil Engineering degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. 

He has served on several technical committees involved with innovative steel structures, composite structures, and seismic design; he has authored over 40 publications and given presentations on a local, national and international level.  Dr. Swensson has served on the executive board of Structural Engineers Association of Georgia (SEAOG), Methods of Design Technical Subcommittee for ASCE, the ASCE/SEI BIM Committee, AISC Technical Committee on Seismic Design, BSSC Technical Subcommittee on Steel Design, and the ACI BIM Committee. Kurt is also a LEED accredited professional.


The guide provides detailed explanations and examples of application of code provisions and standards for a broad scope or materials, building systems, and building components and includes information and examples covering the vast majority of limit states encountered in the structural design of buildings.  The discussion and examples are based in the buildings code provisions and include commentary as well as code referenced standards, and publications.

In addition to being essential resource for practicing design professionals, this guide can be used by educators teaching upper level structural engineering classes. The Guide to the Design of Building Systems for Serviceability is an excellent reference for the architectural or engineering design office, legal firm or other construction professionals who must be familiar with code requirements related to the serviceability performance of buildings.