Seismic/Structural Engineering

GSA's Center for Engineering manages the development of national policies and standards for seismic/structural safety in federal buildings. We collaborate with private standard setting organizations, code bodies and professional associations to accomplish this. We also:

  • engage consultants to conduct seismic studies, and manage the performance of those studies;
  • provide Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to access consulting firms;
  • partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC), and participate in seismic meetings and conferences;
  • manage the Seismic Rapid Response Team including training and supplies;
  • conduct triennial meetings with GSA Regional Seismic Advocates for the exchange of project experience, ideas and new information;
  • provide technical assistance to GSA regions to assure seismic safety requirements are met;
  • monitor and manage GSA's federally leased facilities for seismic compliance;
  • maintain a high level of seismic expertise;
  • manage "hot" and emerging seismic issues such as code changes and new technology.
  • RP8 Seismicity Exemption Map [PDF - 2 MB]

For more information, contact Bill Earl ( or Ron Larsen (

Last Reviewed: 2023-04-13