Highlights of the 2017 Storm Shelter Conference
The NSSA 2017 Storm Shelter Conference was held November 8th and 9th at the Simpson Strong-Tie Training Center in McKinney, TX. The venue accommodated over 114 attendees and 16 presenters. Day 1 presented design considerations in community shelters which are required by the 2015 International Building Code in school and response centers as well as in residential shelters. Sessions also presented challenges in applying the current provisions of NSSA/ICC 500-2014.
The second day brought the newly formed NSSA Design Practices Committee together to develop guidelines on how to apply NSSA/ICC 500-2014 to Community Shelters.
The evenings social event at Tupps Brewery with food truck cuisine, added an opportunity for a diverse group to come together and discuss events of the day with NSSA conference participants, including school district representatives.
In addition, the second day of the conference brought the presentation of the Kiesling Award, presented this year to Marc Levitan of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), currently the (Acting) Director fo the Nation Wind Impact Reduction Program. Among many accomplishments, Dr. Levitan also served as the Managing Director of the Wind Engineering Research Laboratory at TTU, studying wind effects on full scale buildings. Dr. Levitan attained his B.S., in Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1985, M.S., in Civil Engineering in 1988 and his Ph.D., in Civil Engineering in 1993. Dr. Levitan was joined at the ceremony by his wife Lillian, his children Hannah and Ivan, parents, David and Sue Levitan and his sister, Lynn Martin.