Building Seismic Safety Council NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions Update

2020 NEHRP Provisions Update Committee (PUC)

The NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures embodies the state-of-knowledge criteria for the design and construction of buildings subject to earthquake hazards. The techniques and technologies contained in this resource document are diffused into several national standards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE-7 Design Standard for Minimum Loads that are referenced by the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC).

The Provisions are developed by the Provisions Update Committee (PUC) a technical committee of seismic experts that identify and apply the most advanced seismic technology available. The committee is supported by expert issue teams (ITs) that address specific aspects of seismic design methodology and construction. These committee and team members ensure that lessons learned from the building performance during the earthquakes, as well as new research to improve earthquake resistance, are reflected in state-of-the-art seismic requirements. The ITs develop proposals for requirements that are balloted by the PUC according to BSSC’s consensus process, and subsequently balloted by the member organizations.

PUC Committee Members


Name Organization Role
David Bonneville Degenkolb Engineers Chair
Peter Carrato Bechtel Power Corporation Member
Kelly Cobeen Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Member
C.B. Crouse AECOM Member
Dan Dolan Washington State University Member
Anindya Dutta Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Member
S.K. Ghosh S.K. Ghosh Associates Member
John Gillengerten John Gillengerten Member
Ron Hamburger Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Member
Jim Harris James Harris & Associates Member
William Holmes Rutherford & Chekene Member
John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates Member
Gyimah Kasali Rutherford & Chekene Member
Charles Kircher Charles Kircher & Associates Member
Philip Line American Wood Council Member
Bret Lizundia Rutherford & Chekene Member
James Malley Degenkolb Engineers Member
Bonnie Manley American Iron and Steel Institute Member
Robert Pekelnicky Degenkolb Engineers Member
Rafael Sabelli Walter P. Moore Member
John Silva Hilti Member
Greg Soules Chicago Bridge and Iron Company Member
Jonathan Stewart University of California Los Angeles Member
Nico Luco U.S. Geological Survey USGS Liaison
Sanaz Rezaeian U.S. Geological Survey USGS Liaison
Steven McCabe National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST Liaison
Jason Collins PCS Structural Solutions Corresponding Member
Adrian Rodrigues-Merak Virginia Tech Corresponding Member

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