WABO/SEAW Liaison Committee

White Papers


Committee Mission Statement:

  • Improve communications between the public jurisdictions that administer building codes and the engineering design community that prepares construction documents.

  • Improve consistency and quality of engineering submittals and project reviews.

  • Build consensus between the engineering design community and building officials with regard to code interpretation and submittal requirements.

WABO Committee Members: Julius Carreon, Nathalie Boeholt, Steve Belzak, Hoyt Jeter, and Don Cole.


WABO would like to report that WABO/SEAW White Paper 5 has been recognized in a FEMA/NIST publication as being a legitimate substitute for BORP.  It appears as part of the discussion of expediting recovery in the report, "Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time," FEMA P-2090/NIST SP-1254, January 2021.

Structural Plan Review Philosophy - Article by WABO/SEAW Committee

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WP-1 Guideline - Structural Plan Review Philosophy
WP-2 Wet Sealing and Signing of Structural Submittals
WP-4 Structural Permit Submittal Guidelines
WP-5 Guideline - Post-Disaster Contract Safety Evaluations
WP-6a Phased Permit Approvals
WP-6b Deferred Submittals
WP-7 Seismic Design and Gravity Support Requirements for Nonstructural Components
WP-8 Guidelines for Determining Snow Loads in Washington State
WP-9 Threaded Rod Holdown Systems In Wood Frame Buildings
WP-10 Guards and Connections
WP-11 Designing for Heavy Vehicle Loads on underground vaults, bridges, buildings and structures