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Comment sought on seismic standard

RESTON, Va.—The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE/SEI) will conduct a public comment period on the first supplement to its Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings Standard (ASCE 41-06). The public comment period will be held from Sept. 20 to Nov. 5, 2007.

The purpose of the standard is to specify nationally applicable provisions for rehabilitation of buildings to improve seismic performance. The standard is intended for use by code officials in jurisdictionally mandated seismic rehabilitation programs, or for reference by building owners and design professionals in voluntary rehabilitation efforts. The supplement covers general requirements; concrete; and architectural, mechanical, and electrical components.

To participate in the public comment period, contact Phillip Mariscal, ASCE standards administrator, at pmariscal@asce.org or 703-295-6338. For more information on the standard or ASCE’s standards program, contact An Pham at apham@asce.org or 703-295-6408.