Meeting Cancelled for March 2020
Development Services Department Structural Review Program
Presented By: Jennifer L. Verhulst, P.E. & Alan Woo, P.E. - City of Austin
The presentation will address the City of Austin's Development Services Department Structural Review Program. We will discuss the history of structural review, department organization, and updates on the growth of the program since its inception in 2016. General information on structural review submittal requirements, structural review options, and current project types reviewed will be presented. We will discuss processes for deferred submittals and special inspections as well as some interesting case studies. In addition, we will outline current process developments and our plans to partner with SEAoT for future program improvements.
Jennifer L. Verhulst, P.E. is the Chief Plans Examiner over the Plan Review Division at the City of Austin Development Services Department. She earned a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She began her career in the private sector in the fields of forensics and structural design. Jennifer joined the City of Austin Residential Review group in 2014 as a Plans Examiner. In 2016, she filled the position of Structural Engineer for Plan Review Services where she developed the Structural Review Program for the City of Austin. In December 2018, she was promoted to Chief Plans Examiner where she leads the Commercial, Residential, and Expedited Plan Review Division. Jennifer is a member of SEAoT, AWC, is an ICC Certified Building Plans Examiner and an active governmental member of the International Code Council.
Alan Woo, P.E. is the Supervising Engineering over Building Plan Review at the City of Austin Development Services Department. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural from the University of California, Irvine. Alan joined the City of Austin in 2018 as an Engineer C with Expedited Plan Review. Prior to his work with the city, Alan had 17 years of experience in the private sector with a focus in commercial and retail structural design. He relocated to Austin in 2015 from Los Angeles, CA where he spent majority of his career. In May of 2019, he was promoted to Supervising Engineer to lead the on-going development of the structural review department. Alan Woo is a member of SEAoT, a licensed professional engineer with the State of Texas and California, a Certified Wind Storm Inspector with the Texas Department of Insurance and an ICC Certified Building Pans Examiner.