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Technical Dinner: Exterior Elevated Elements – Current Discussion and Recommendations
November 1, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
TECHNICAL DINNER MEETING: 01 November, 2023
Exterior Elevated Elements: Current Discussion and Recommendations
Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.
Following the 2015 collapse of a Berkeley, California balcony that resulted in fatalities, there has been much activity in the engineering, building envelope and regulatory arenas regarding exterior elevated elements (EEEs). This has included both consideration of the existing potentially vulnerable building stock and of improved outcomes for new construction, repair, and reconstruction. This presentation will share WJE’s experience observing and diagnosing damage in existing buildings and will provide an overview of regulatory response and recommendations for improved performance.
1. Better understand EEEs and why they are of
2. Understand the range of EEE damage seen and
contributors to damage
3. Be aware of what types of regulatory response
4. Know basic principles and available resources for
Meet your Presenter:
Kelly Cobeen is a Principal with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates in their San Francisco office and is a registered Civil and Structural Engineer with more than 30 years of experience. Her work includes a wide range of project types, sizes and construction materials, with a special interest in light-frame construction. She has been involved in numerous code, standard, guideline, research, and educational activities, including development of regulation regarding EEEs. She has had extensive involvement, alongside WJE colleagues, in project work involving EEE inspection, shoring, repair, and reconstruction. Kelly is co-author of the Design of Wood Structures textbook.