October 19, 2022 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

We are delighted to partner with AIA to present this course!  (AIA course approval granted - 7.5 HSW

Windstorms (tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms) and their associated perils (e.g., hail) cause considerable damages nationwide and account for a large majority of natural hazard losses. This presentation will cover significant aspects of windstorms, their associated risk, impacts resulting from this risk and case studies on windstorm recovery and mitigation.

The foundation of windstorm risk will be outlined starting with the windstorm hazard. Discussions on the hazard will include different windstorm types, their probability of occurrence, and how this hazard is considered in building design. The transformation into risk given exposure and vulnerability will be covered next discussing the wind loading chain and the progression from wind speed into wind loading through terrain and aerodynamic effects. A realization of windstorm risk (e.g., damage) will also be covered including lessons learned from post-storm assessments, common causes of wind damage, and the development of wind speed – damage relationships based on these assessments.

The course will focus on two case studies to further our understanding of windstorm risk. One case study will follow the recovery (from a structural perspective) of Naplate, IL over a period of two years after a strong tornado affected the community in 2017. The second case study highlights one aspect of mitigation – building codes and standards –  following the latest ASCE 7 cycle which now includes design against tornado loading. Rationale for including tornado loads, the basic loading framework and specifics of design parameters will be highlighted.

Attendees will receive approximately 7.5 hours of CE credit.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand overview of windstorm types
  • Recognize elements and sub-elements of windstorm risk
  • Comprehension of major changes to ASCE 7-22 wind-related provisions

Registration -- Register before October 17th to ensure minimum attendee requirements to hold class are met

SEAOI and AIA Members - $199
Non-member - $350

Continental breakfast and catered lunch will be served.


AIA Chicago (conference center adjacent to AIA Chicago office)
35 E Wacker Dr, Suite 250 
Chicago, IL 60601

About the Speaker

Franklin T. Lombardo received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 2009 in Wind Science and Engineering, studying thunderstorm wind characteristics and subsequent loading on a low-rise building. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Lombardo was a postdoctoral research associate the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he played a significant role in the investigation of the Joplin, Missouri tornado in 2011 and the creation of updated wind maps for ASCE 7-16. His work on the Joplin investigation earned himself and his team members the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2014. Lombardo has continued his work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

In his time at UIUC, he has recently been awarded research projects through both NOAA and NSF for windstorm research and has started the Smart Wind Engineering Research Facility (SWERF) to advance knowledge of windstorms and their impacts in full scale. He also serves on professional committees related to windstorms, including ASCE 7-22 Wind Load Subcommittee and the newly-formed ASCE Committee on Wind Speed Estimation for Tornadoes.


Special thanks to AIA Trust for sponsoring this event! 



Richard Drew ( Retired, UIUC )
Fernando Saz ( The Structural Group )
Richard Weber ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Thomas Heinz ( Thomas A. Heinz, Architect )
Stephen Flint ( Flint Architects, LLC )
william flannigan ( Self )
Stacey Pfingsten ( American Institute of Architects of Illinois )
Jace Jackson
Stephanie Crain ( Structural Engineers Asso )
Franklin T. Lombardo ( AIA )
Edward Swierz ( Integrity Structural Illinois )
Jacob Van Ryn ( Enspect Engineering, Inc. )
Dallas Willliams ( George A Kennedy & Assoc. )
Don Jabczynski ( S.E. Enhancements, LLC )
Joe Buehler ( Present Future Architects )
Thomas Brady ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Victor Carsello
Lincoln Taylor ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Douglas Fiene ( Fiene Engineering, Ltd. )
Steven Oliver ( BLDD Architects, Inc. )