This presentation is designed to expose attendees to the intracacies of ICC 500 tornado shelters and discuss some of the overall design challenges and best practices related to shelter design. The presentation identifies when and where ICC 500 tornado shelters are required by code and focuses on key design considerations required for contract documents. The presentation also discusses best practices for explaining the cost impact of these shelters with project owners and identifies highest priority structural and MEP coordination topics.

PRESENTER:  Jessica Simon, PE, LEED AP, Senior Project Management JQ Engineering

Jessica’s structural engineering experience spans a variety of markets including higher education, municipal, federal and commercial. Jessica is currently a Team Lead overseeing engineers and technicians serving our architectural and institutional building clients. Prior to this project and client management role, Jessica served as Quality Assurance Manager where she was responsible for facilitating the development, implementation and maintenance of JQ’s engineering standards, knowledge base resources, and training programs.

Jessica serves on the National Technical Program Committee for the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute. She is also currently serving as Secretary for the Dallas Chapter of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT), as well as the chair for the Structural Engineers Engagement and Equity (SE3) committee within the Dallas Chapter. She is a corresponding member on the Design Practices Committee for the National Storm Shelter Association and was an active participant in the Dallas Chapter SEAoT Tornado Shelter Task Group. Jessica has also served as a mentor and member of the Associate Board for the Dallas Chapter of ACE Mentoring.

Education: BS in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University; MS in Structural Engineering, Texas A&M University