ATC Endowment Fund

In 1989 ATC established the Henry J. Degenkolb Memorial Endowment Fund, named in honor of a dedicated international leader in structural and earthquake engineering. The James Merriam Delahay Endowment Fund was initiated in 2005 by the Structural Engineers Association of Alabama to honor the memory of Jim Delahay, a former ATC President, known nationwide for his work to improve wind codes and standards.

The purpose of the Degenkolb and Delahay Endowment Funds is to support projects of critical interest to structural engineering design practice, research, and education. Follow this link to donate to an ATC Endowment Fund.

The Fund is used to provide financial support for projects in the following categories: 

  1. Small Research Projects. To qualify for funding as a small research project, the research must yield results that are useful to a significant segment of the structural engineering profession and must be accomplished with funding not to exceed $10,000 (1995 dollars).  Research topics are solicited from Structural Engineers Associations nationwide and are approved by the ATC Executive and Endowment Committees.  Guidance and overview are provided by advisory Project Engineering Panels, consisting of leading specialists from the structural engineering profession and from the academic community.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of small research project reports is returned to the ATC Endowment Fund.  To date, ATC has completed one Small Research Project:
  • ATC-R-1, Cyclic Testing of Narrow Plywood Shear Walls (published 1995, 64 pages). This small research project, conducted at the University of California at Irvine, consisted of a series of static and dynamic tests of narrow plywood wall panels.  The ATC-R-1 report describes the testing program and summarizes the results, including comparisons of drift ratios found during testing with those specified in the then-current seismic provisions of the 1991 Uniform Building Code.  The report served as a catalyst for changes in code-specified aspect ratios for narrow plywood wall panels and for new thinking in the design of hold-down devices.
  1. ATC Design Guides. ATC Design Guides are a series of reports that present succinct, state-of-the-art information on important design issues for the practicing structural engineering profession.  The documents are developed by leading specialists in specific areas of concern, working under the review and guidance of an advisory Project Engineering Panel. Topics are selected by the ATC Board of Directors, based on recommendations from ATC staff.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of ATC Design Guides is returned to the ATC Endowment Fund.  To date, ATC has published two ATC Design Guides:
  • ATC Design Guide 1, Minimizing Floor Vibration (published 1999, 64 pages). This first ATC Design Guide provides guidance on design and retrofit of floor structures to limit transient vibrations to acceptable levels. The document includes guidance for estimating floor vibration properties and includes example calculations for a variety of currently used floor types and designs. The criteria for acceptable levels of floor vibration are based on human sensitivity to the vibration, whether it is caused by human behavior or machinery in the structure.

  • ATC Design Guide 2, Basic Wind Engineering for Low Rise Buildings (published 2009, 114 pages). This second ATC Design Guide provides background information and guidance on wind engineering provisions for low-rise buildings contained in ASCE 7 -05, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and the 2009 International Building Code (IBC). Treatment is limited to common building types and buildings under 60 feet in ATC Design Guide 2, Second Edition, which provides guidance on the ASCE 7-10 and the 2012 IBC wind engineering provisions for low-rise buildings, is currently under development.
  1. Selected Engineering Applications for Mitigating the Effects of Natural and Man-Made Hazards. The ATC Endowment Fund provides partial support, sometimes in the form of seed money, to develop selected engineering applications for mitigating the effects of natural and man-made hazards.  Such activities are supported by the Fund when (1) funds cannot be obtained from traditional government agency funding sources in a timely manner and (2) the Endowment Committee believes the project is of critical importance in meeting the goals of ATC. Recommendations for projects in this category are initiated by the ATC Executive Director and require approval of the ATC Endowment Committee.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of such engineering applications is returned to the ATC Endowment Fund.  To date, the Fund has supported the development of two engineering applications:
  • ATC-45, Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings After Windstorms and Floods (published 2004, 132 pages). The ATC-45 Field Manual provides procedures applicable to all building types and includes extensive criteria for posting buildings with red (UNSAFE), yellow (RESTRICTED USE) and green (INSPECTED) placards as well as example applications of the procedures. Funding for the ATC-45 project was also provided by the Applied Technology Council and the Institute for Business and Home Safety.

ATC Endowment Fund Donor Levels & Benefits

Effective January 1, 1998, the ATC Board established several levels of participation and benefits, as follows:

Sponsor: Contributions of $10,000 or More

Individuals or organizations are recognized as Sponsors in newly published ATC reports, are listed as donors on ATC's web site, are invited to participate in selection of projects supported by the ATC Endowment Fund, and are provided with one copy of all past and future ATC reports (for life, if an individual; for 15 years, if an organization).

Supporter: Contributions of $5,000 - $9,999

Individuals or organizations are recognized as Supporters in newly published ATC reports, are listed as donors on ATC's web site, and are provided with one copy of all past and future ATC reports, for 10 years.

Contributor: Contributions of $2,000 - $4,999

Individuals or organizations are recognized as Contributors in newly published ATC reports, are listed as donors on ATC's website, and are provided with one copy of all future ATC reports, for 5 years.

Persons interested in donating to the ATC Endowment Fund can do so by downloading the Endowment Fund Information and Donation brochure, donating online, or by contacting ATC.

Applied Technology Council is a California corporation exempt from federal and state income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the ATC Endowment Fund may be tax deductible. (Consult your tax advisor.)

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