NSERC Alliance Project
Theme 1 – Structural and Serviceability Performance
Project T1-2 – Innovative Wood Structural Systems
PI: Matiyas Bezabeh
This project aims to create seismic design guidelines for wood-frame on podium buildings (WFPBs). These mid-rise structures combine concrete podiums with wooden upper stories. The existing seismic design methods are limited in addressing vertical irregularities, impacting structural performance. The study will assess current criteria, develop new empirical standards, and establish a comprehensive design guide. It involves archetype development, numerical modeling, ground motion selection, performance assessment, and collaboration with experts. The project will train a graduate student and work closely with industry partners and external advisors, contributing to Canada’s sustainable construction goals and informing building codes.