Design of Buildings in Coastal Regions

The extremely active hurricane seasons recently, the impact of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi, and the devastating tsunami in southeast Asia have brought increased focus on the natural hazards in a coastal region. Engineers and architects providing professional services in these regions need to stay abreast of the latest design requirements special to these regions, as well as, the latest available technology and design guidance to further reduce the vulnerabilities of facilities.

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Topics :

  • Learn how to determine the floodplain construction requirements applicable to a project in a coastal region.

  • Become familiar with the NEW ASCE/SEI 24-05 Manual on Flood Resistant Design and Construction which is referenced by the IBC.

  • Review FEMA 361, "Design and Construction Guidance for Community Shelters," which provides engineering guidance in the design and construction of standalone and in-building shelters from extreme-wind events, including hurricanes and tornadoes. The upcoming ICC / NSSA standard on storm shelters will also be introduced.

  • Review FEMA 55, "Coastal Construction Manual." This document provides mitigation guidance to local officials and professionals in building design and construction. It covers hurricane winds, storm surge, wave and debris impact, erosion, scour, and earthquakes

  • Learn about the latest in test standards and specifications for impact resistant glazing systems, as well as how to properly incorporate them into your projects.

  • Learn lessons from Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan (2004), and Katrina (2005) and how engineers and architects can work together to provide a roofing system that can protect a building and its contents in a storm. Review Factory Mutual roof assembly requirements including deck requirements, and learn about new provisions in the 2006 IBC pertaining to aggregate roof surfacings.

  • Review how to conduct life safety evaluation of structures following natural disasters by reviewing ATC 45 – "Safety Evaluation of Buildings After Windstorms and Floods."

How to Reach Us:



ASCE Norfolk

c/o Brian Crowder

5325 Westover Lane

Virginia Beach, VA 23464


Phone: 757-322-4228


Fax: 757-322-4416





Name Sales End Price Fee
ASCE Member Ended $385 $9.62
Non-Member Ended $425 $9.95

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