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ICC 500 storm shelter review

Storm Shelter Peer Review

Storm Shelter Wind Map
According to the International Building Code (IBC), any new school or school addition with greater than 50 occupants, located within the geographical area where design windspeeds exceed 250 mph, must have an ICC 500 rated community storm shelter. Enlarge the map.

Keeping children safe is an important focus of what we do. Storm Shelter Peer Reviews help ensure shelters will perform as designed during a tornado event. To get approvals and permits for these storm shelters, we offer expertise from our in-house civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers to streamline the review process and coordinate the process on a District's behalf.

Farnsworth Group has performed over fifty ICC 500 independent peer reviews for a variety of school projects. We can assist you in the design development as well as potential value engineering solutions for your storm shelter projects.

Recent changes to the International Building Code (IBC) now require new schools and additions to have ICC 500 rated storm shelters in some cases. If your new school or addition is located within the 250 mph wind zone, chances are you will need to design and construct a storm shelter as part of the new project. In order for a community storm shelter to be ICC 500 rated, it must be peer reviewed by an independent third party.

Sanger Elementary School ICC 500 Storm Shelter Peer Reviews
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about Storm Shelter Reviews.

/ If you have questions about these services email mmorgan [at] f-w.com (Matt Morgan, PE.)