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SJI to Host Webinar on Steel-Framed Storm Shelters on October 16, 2019

October 10, 2019

FLORENCE, SC - The Steel Joist Institute (SJI) will host a webinar on "Steel-Framed Storm Shelters” on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 3:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar awards 1.5 PDHs per registration.

High-wind events such as hurricanes and tornadoes have created a call for storm shelters or safe rooms to be provided in schools and other critical occupancy buildings. This webinar will offer an introduction to the newest AISC Design Guide 35. The design guide outlines design requirements for steel-framed storm shelters and safe rooms. Topics covered by the design guide include load criteria, building envelope considerations, framing systems design considerations and design examples. In addition to discussing the design guide, the webinar will also present an overview of the more economical missile impact design solutions identified by an SJI co-funded research project.

The learning objectives include:

  • Explaining the difference between a storm shelter and a safe room.
  • Understanding of the missile impact testing and its design implications.
  • Explaining the unique aspects of storm shelter design.
  • Familiarization with the application of storm shelter design requirements.

The webinar will benefit structural engineers, fabricators, detailers and connection design firms that are responsible for steel joist and Joist Girder building designs and their connections. Individuals who are responsible for the design of Joist Girder moment frames that are subjected to gravity and lateral loading as well as those responsible for auditing, reviewing or approving such designs will benefit from this webinar. Those with very little design experience as well as those with many years of experience will find the webinar beneficial.

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About Steel Joist Institute
Besides setting standards for the steel joist industry, the Steel Joist Institute works closely with major building code bodies throughout the country helping to develop code regulations regarding steel joists and Joist Girders. The Institute also invests thousands of dollars in research related to steel joists and Joist Girders, and offers a complete library of publications and other training, research and design aids. The Steel Joist Institute is a not-for-profit organization. For more information, visit or join the Steel Joist Institute LinkedIn group. 

Melissa Breer
HLK Agency
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J. Kenneth Charles, III
Managing Director
Steel Joist Institute
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