New Research Grant:  Systematic Study using Modern Wind Tunnel Test Methods Will Inform Code-based Design 

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE is pursuing the update and simplification of the 2016 edition of ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures approach to wind design. While tweaks have been made over the years, a systematic study using modern wind tunnel test methods for code-based design has not been conducted in over 40 years. Meanwhile, our knowledge of both the role of turbulence on aerodynamic loading and the turbulence levels in the atmospheric boundary layer have evolved considerably. This research will provide test data to the ASCE 7-22 Wind Loads Sub-Committee for review and possible update of chapter 27 MWFRS wind load coefficients.

The Charles Pankow Foundation is pleased to award to the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute Research Grant #04-19 for Determination of Pressure Coefficients for High-Rise Buildings of Different Aspect Ratios, Principal Investigator Don Scott, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE. Joining the Foundation in support of this research are CPP Wind Engineering & Air Quality Consultants; Degenkolb Engineers; Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP; Hatfield Group; KPFF; LERA Consulting Structural Engineers; Magnusson Klemencic Associates Foundation; Nabih Youssef Associates Structural Engineers; National Council of Structural Engineers Associations; Odeh Engineers, Inc.; PCS Structural Solutions;  Silman; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Structural Focus; Walter P Moore and Associates, Inc.; Peter A. Irwin, Ph.D., P.Eng.; and Glenn and Judy Bell. The research will be guided by the ASCE 7-22 Wind Loads Sub-Committee.


Announcing our New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Charles Pankow Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, F.ASCE, as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective October 1, 2018. Anne, founder and chief executive officer of Ellis Global, previous served as a special advisor to the Board to rally support for collaborative innovation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries.

The Foundation’s current Executive Director, Mark Perniconi, PE, will be stepping down and moving on to other opportunities. “We’re forever grateful for Mark’s deep contributions to the Foundation,” said Richard (Rik) Kunnath, PE, president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Mark has built many strong and vital coalitions throughout our industry to further the Foundation’s mission.”

The Charles Pankow Foundation, in its 13th year, leads industry collaborations, funds research and projects, and delivers solutions that enable the AEC industry to advance innovation in the design and construction of buildings. As the Foundation’s new Executive Director, Anne’s focus will be to expand the foundation’s transformational impact by engaging a broader swath of the AEC industry.

“Over the past 13 years, we’ve built a very solid operational platform and we’ve made major contributions to the industry,” said Rik. “We’re now ready to take our work to the next level of impact.”