Kevin LaMalva to Lead Team to Advance Performance-Based Structural Fire Engineering

September 18, 2018

The Charles Pankow Foundation has awarded a $230,000 grant to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE/SEI) to administer a team of industry professionals and academics to advance performance-based structural fire engineering (SFE) design in the United States. Led by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) Senior Staff Member Kevin LaMalva, the team will provide exemplar procedural guidance for the proper execution of SFE design for a set of buildings with regional representation in accordance with the new ASCE/SEI 7-16 Appendix E industry standard and ASCE/SEI Manual of Practice, Structural Fire Engineering (scheduled for release this October). 

“We are grateful to the Charles Pankow Foundation for their overall vision and funding of this important project to help advance performance-based design,” said Kevin in an ASCE press release. “Our team seeks to demonstrate the benefit of structural engineers serving as integral participants in the field of structural fire protection, which has remained relatively unchanged for a century. Specifically, structural engineers have the ability and tools to deliver more efficient and economical designs while also providing more intrinsically safe structures to fire. ASCE/SEI’s new Standard Appendix and Manual of Practice are key advancements that will guide this effort.”

Kevin helped lead efforts to develop ASCE/SEI’s new appendix and manual of practice, and has been recognized by ENR as a Top Newsmaker for championing these causes. His project team includes representatives from Johns Hopkins University, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Oregon State University, Thornton Tomasetti, University at Buffalo, University of Maryland, and Walter P Moore. The final report will be completed in October 2019 and freely available to the public. 

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