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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PUC Meetings

PUC Issue Teams (ITs)

BSSC Member Organizations

Organization Representative
American Concrete Institute Khaled Nahlawi
American Institute of Architects Perry Haviland
American Institute of Architects Paul Karrer
American Institute of Steel Construction Larry Kruth
American Iron and Steel Institute Bonnie Manley
American Society of Civil Engineers Jennifer Goupil
American Wood Council Bradford Douglas
APA – The Engineered Wood Association Thomas Skaggs
Applied Technology Council Jim Cagley
ASHRAE Robert Simmons
Builiding Owners and Managers Association John Catlett
California Department of General Services - Division of the State Architect Diane Gould
Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada Kurt Siggard
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Mike Mota
Department of Veterans Affairs Juan Archilla
General Services Administration William Earl
Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Remington Brown
International Code Council Mike Pfeiffer
Metal Building Manufacturers Association Lee Shoemaker
National Association of Homebuilders Gary Ehrlich
National Concrete Masonry Association Brian Roye
National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Kevin Moore
Portland Cement Association Steve Kosmatka
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Jason Krohn
Rack Manufacturers Institute Victor Azzi
Steel Deck Institute Robert Paul
Structural Engineer Association of Washington Tom Xia
Structural Engineers Association of California Don Schinske
Structural Engineers Association of Central California David Palmer
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Jon Sfura
Structural Engineers Association of Kansas & Missouri F. Alan Wiley
Structural Engineers Association of Northern California Ken Miles
Structural Engineers Association of San Diego Heather Caya
Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Dianne Ochoa
Structural Engineers Association of Utah Philip Miller
The Masonry Society Philip Samblanet


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