Tornado and High Wind Sheltering with Masonry

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With the 2015 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) comes requirements that most schools and emergency facilities located in areas where the design wind speed for tornadoes is 250 mph, must contain a storm shelter meeting the requirements of the ICC 500, Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. For areas that will use the 2015 IBC, this new requirement will impact the majority of new school and emergency facility construction spanning as far north as central Minnesota, as far south as southern Mississippi, and stretching to western Pennsylvania in the east and western Texas to the west. Masonry can provide safe, practical and cost effective solutions for sheltering from tornadoes and high wind events. In this seminar you learn about these new shelter requirements and how to engineer masonry for the mandated wind speeds. An emphasis on the additional structural observation, inspection and peer review are covered. We share the results of new tornado missile testing that has opened the doors for additional masonry shelter options. Join us as we walk through several masonry options for sheltering that result in cost effective and safe sheltering solutions.

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Speakers W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D, P.E., FASTM
Duration 88
Speaker Bios

Dr. Mark McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with more than 30 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems. He joined the faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Louisville from North Carolina A & T State University where he was Chair of the Civil, Architectural, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department. He received his PhD, MSc and BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta and is also a registered professional engineer. Mark is a recognized expert in masonry building systems, in particular, masonry building envelopes. His research has included basic research on the structural performance of masonry walls, water penetration experiments on envelopes and the building envelope performance of brick veneer and steel stud wall systems. Over 125 publications have resulted from his research efforts. Dr. McGinley has been actively involved in The Masonry Society (TMS) as the former Chair of the Design Practices committee, member of the research committee, member of the Board of Directors and the Code and Standards committee. He currently is Chair of the Flexure, Axial & Shear Subcommittee of the TMS 402/TMS 602 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Committee (formerly the Masonry Joint Standards Committee (MSJC). He previously served as Chairman of the Reinforcing and Connectors Subcommittee of the MSJC. He has been a primary author of all 8 editions of the TMS Masonry Designers Guide. He is actively involved with ASTM on committees C-12 and C15 and currently chairs the C 12 committee, C 15.12 on alternative materials and the task groups on the Bond Wrench Testing Apparatus and Field Evaluation of Mortars. He received the ASTM Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award in 2001 and the ASTM Award of Merit and title of Fellow in 2008 for his efforts at ASTM. He is also a fellow of TMS.

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