STORM SHELTER SYMPOSIUM (Addison) --- Considerations for Current & Future Design: What Architects, Structural Engineers & Contractors Need to Know
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September 18, 2018
7:45 am to 2:45 pm
International Masonry Institute, 2140 W Corporate Drive, Addison, IL
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WHO: Open to those that design and construct (or plan to) buildings subject to storm shelter requirements, including: Architects, Structural Engineers, General Contractors / Construction Managers and BAC Signatory Contractors.


QUESTIONS: Jeff Diqui, Director of Technical, International Masonry Institute,

SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW: As a result of the State of Illinois adopting the 2015 International Building Code, whichreferences ICC-500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, storm shelter design is increasingly becoming prevalent and therefore resulting in a strong desire amongst AEC professionals for continuing education on the subject matter that is in continual change.

The ICC-500 standard states the requirements that a shelter must meet, but it does not tell the AEC professionals how to get there. This program will include a diverse group of industry experts in their respective fields of architecture, structural engineering, peer reviewer, product testing and standards development, in which collectively they will provide guidance on how to achieve a successful storm shelter design, which translates to successful construction and future operations/maintenance.

Presentation 1 (1 HOUR)

Title: Storm Shelter Impact Protective Systems: Past, Present and Future Requirements of Doors, Windows, Shutters & Related Hardware

Description: The presentation will revolve around Storm Shelter Standard ICC-500 and the relationship of FEMA 320 & 361, along with a deep dive into the relevance of Doors, Windows, Shutters and related Hardware.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basic requirements of ICC 500-2014 Shelter Standards as well as the relationship of FEMA 320-2014 and 361-2015.
  • Show the importance of doors, windows, shutters and related hardware in protection against tornados and hurricanes.
  • Have the ability to distinguish between tested and certified doors, windows, shutters and related hardware products and non-certified products.
  • Have a working knowledge of the types of doors, windows, shutters and related hardware products that are approved for use in a shelter that meets the ICC 500 and FEMA 361 & 320.
  • Understand future considerations for maintenance, periodic inspections and replacements of doors, shutters and related hardware in future codes.

Presentation 2 (1.5 HOURS)

Title: Storm Shelter Design with Masonry

Description: In this presentation, designers will learn about updated storm shelter provisions per IBC 2015 and ICC 500, including examples of storm shelter concept designs.  Focus is on best practice for the design of masonry structures to accommodate high wind loading and storm shelter provisions of the code

Learning Objectives:

  • Briefly review key aspects of effective and efficient structural masonry design.
  • Evaluate when and where we need to design a storm shelter.
  • Gain an understanding of what is essential in storm shelter design per current code provisions, and what changes need to be made from a typical masonry design.
  • Explore concept shelter designs and their structural system options.
  • Highlight how software can help design shelters more effectively and efficiently.

 Presentation 3 (2.5 HOURS)

Title: Successful Storm Shelter Designs: The Do’s & Dont’s

Description: The presentation will draw up the experience and knowledge of the presenter being a voting member of the ICC-500 committee, along with the extensive experience of conducting storm shelter design and peer review for over 150 projects. Insight will be shared as to the design intent of ICC-500 and address many of the major issues that a stakeholder needs to consider during the design process from a broad conceptual consideration down to the smallest of details with an empahses on masonry shelters.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the phases of a successsful storm shelter and how designer choices will have a direct affect on the success of a shelter.
  • Learn basic non-structural design concepts of successful shter design including siting, tested assemblies, occupancy calucations, and other human factor issues.
  • Acquire knowledge by reviewing completed shelter design and construction examples to know what to expect of a properly constructed and finished shelter design and be able to apply this knowledge to their shelter designs.
  • Learn shelter design information and intent that is not denoted in ICC-500 and FEMA 361 and be able to incoroprate these scuccessful concepts and avoid mistakes in future shelter designs.