San Francisco — The Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers announced the following winners of the 2015 Champions of Earthquake Resilience Awards:

Category: Extraordinary Innovation in Development of a Community Earthquake Safety Program

  • Award to the City of Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Resilience by Design Program
  • Award to the City of San Francisco for the San Francisco Earthquake Safety Implementation Program

Category: Extraordinary Innovation in Seismic Protection of Buildings and Lifelines

  • Award to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, University of British Columbia’s Earthquake Engineering Research Facility, and the British Columbia Ministry of Education for Development of Performance-based Seismic Retrofit Guidelines for Schools
  • Award to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and the Design and Construction Team for the Transbay Transit Center, San Francisco
  • Award to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for the San Francisco Water System Improvement Program

Category: Exceptional Public- and Private-Sector Research and Development (R&D) Programs

  • Joint Award to the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center and the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council for Development of Guidance and Procedures for the Seismic Design of Tall Buildings
  • Award to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Development of FEMA P-58 Seismic Performance Assessment of Buildings Methodology and Companion Performance Assessment Calculation Tool (PACT)

“We are honored to be able to publicly recognize these community, regional, and national programs and projects, and the organizations and agencies that created them, for the extraordinary contributions they will make in saving lives and property from the devastating effects of earthquakes” said Christopher Rojahn, Director Emeritus of the Applied Technology Council, who announced the awards.

The awards recognize and publicize innovative earthquake engineering programs and projects that have (or will have) substantial impact on public safety and property loss reduction. Winners were selected by a jury commissioned by ATC and SEI following a call for nominations distributed to more than 50,000 structural engineering and earthquake hazard reduction professionals in the United States, Canada and other countries.