Thursday / February 27, 2020 / 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

Structural Impacts of Chicago’s 2019 Modernized Building Code

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250, Chicago

The last major overhaul of the Chicago Building Code was 70 years ago. The modernized 2019 code follows national industry standard codes which includes new requirements for Chicago. The schedule of implementation and major structural changes will be discussed by Helen S. Torres, SE, PE, LEED AP of Thornton Tomasetti. The modernized Chicago Building Code (CBC) 2019 is now optional and will become mandatory on August 1, 2020. The new code is based on IBC 2018 which has some noteworthy structural changes compared to the current Chicago code. This presentation on the structural code changes is intended to help the architecture, engineering, and contractor community anticipate how structures and structural costs on upcoming projects may be affected.

Lunch will be provided by Thornton Tomasetti, so reservations are essential.

  Speaker: Helen S. Torres, SE, PE, LEED AP. With over 25 years of experience, Helen has been responsible for the design and construction of educational, institutional, healthcare and mission critical projects nationally.  Helen is an Associate Principal at Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering design and analysis firm, where she leads the Chicago office’s Higher Education and Mission Critical market sectors and recruiting efforts. Helen holds a Master's in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor's in architecture (with a structural focus) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a registered structural engineer in Illinois and a professional engineer in Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. 

 In 2018, the City of Chicago invited Helen to co-chair of the Structural Technical Working Group as part of the Chicago Building Code Modernization effort. Helen joined eleven of her peers in numerous sessions to propose edits to the IBC 2018 for “Chicago-isms” and committee recommendations.

Sponsored By

Thornton Tomasetti

Hosted By

Technical Issues KC

Learning Units

.05 LU/HSW

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