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Structural Intervention: From the State Historical Building Code to Resilient Design

NOTE: There is also an opportunity to sign up for the live broadcast (instead of the on-site workshop) for this event. You must register here for the live broadcast ($60 members / $75 non-members).

In California, historical buildings are especially vulnerable in the face of disaster and climate change. At the same time, architects and engineers have a powerful tool available that sets forth a tried and true alternative for addressing structural issues in historic buildings: The California Historical Building Code (CHBC). This full day workshop will start by laying out the structural provisions of the CHBC and will close with case examples and strategies for resiliency to address a wide range of issues and threats, from climate change to earthquakes.

You will...

  1. Get the architect and structural engineer's perspective of the CHBC
  2. Examine seismic upgrades of unique building elements
  3. Review approaches to seismic retrofits by public entities
  4. Understand the U.S. Resiliency Council's development of a rating system for pre- and post-earthquake evaluation of buildings.


  • Kelly Cobeen, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
  • Alan Dreyfuss, Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
  • Steven Harris, Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Ron Mayes, Acting Executive Director,  U.S. Resiliency Council
  • Kevin S Moore, CE, PE, SE, SECB, Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Ken Tam, Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Lisa Yergovich, ‎Principal, Architectural Resources Group

David Friedman, Consulting Principal, Emeritus CEO & Chair of the Board, Forell Elsesser