Seeing the Forest Through the Trees - Building Occupancy and Fire Safety Issues for Structural Engineers

By: Peter Marxhausen, MS, PE

Architects have conventionally assumed the role of the code analysis for new and existing buildings. They also typically take the lead with respect to directions related to designated structural material types and fire assemblies. Whether you want to work better with architects or you want to expand your project role and knowledge, this topic will present a short course that is intended to serve as a primer on building occupancies, code analysis, construction types, and fire assemblies with respect to the International Building Code requirements.

Speaker Bio:

Peter Marxhausen, M.S., P.E., first obtained registration in Colorado in 2004 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in nine states.  In addition to being the Director of Engineering for the Rocky Mountain Region with UBSE, Inc., he is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Colorado Denver, where he teaches in the Civil Engineering Department.  Mr. Marxhausen’s course curriculum at CU Denver includes the subjects of engineering ethics and structural design.  He also served as a staff consultant to the Denver Building Department for nine years while working on the Board of Appeals. Mr. Marxhausen has been a member of ASCE since 1995, a member of SEAC since 2004, and was elected as a Fellow of SEI in 2021. He was chairs the SEAC Ethics and Legislative committee in Colorado and has also served on several other committees over the past 15 years.

Company Name:

UBSE, Inc.

University of Colorado Denver

Company Title:

Director of Engineering

Adjunct Professor

If you could have any superpower what would it be?   I need an Ironman suit

 Peter Marxhausen