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AWC’s Philip Line recognized for Public Safety Leadership by NIBS

 Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The American Wood Council (AWC) is pleased to announce that Senior Director of Structural Engineering Philip Line, P.E., has been recognized for the Excellence Award of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC).

“This award honors Phil’s tireless efforts on behalf of the wood products industry, most recently leading to the development and acceptance of seismic design provisions for cross-laminated timber (CLT) shear walls. The acceptance of these new CLT shear wall provisions into BSSC’s 2020 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Seismic Provisions is the first new structural system to be fully adopted for seismic design in 20 years,” said AWC Vice President of Engineering Bradford Douglas, P.E.

The NIBS Building Seismic Safety Council celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. On March 4, built environment leaders virtually gathered to participate in the BSSC Meeting and Symposium to celebrate the 2020 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions (FEMA P-2082)-10th edition.

The Council has coordinated the efforts of federal agencies, the building industry, and thousands of subject matter experts to develop 10 editions of the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions, which have served as the foundation of the nation’s seismic standards and model building codes.

Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS, offered sincere thanks to award recipients for their dedication to NIBS and their hard work to keep the nation’s residents safe. “This award is bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves in technical positions, in leadership, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations,” Woods said. “These efforts have improved building performance, minimized the damage from earthquakes and saved lives.”

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