Structural Peer Reviews


Armstrong-Douglass Partners performs 3rd party structural peer reviews of buildings on behalf of building departments, contractors, architects, attorneys, and insurance companies to assess the conference of structural designs to building code requirements.


The ICC-500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters is referenced in the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC) as the design and construction standard for storm shelters. The ICC-500 requires a strict 3rd-party peer review process for the structural, architectural and MEP systems for storm shelters.  Storms shelters that require peer review include: Group E occupancy with more than 16 occupants, Storm shelters with more than 50 people and shelters in RC IV structures.  The ICC-500 also requires storm shelters to be designed to resist the loads imposed from collapse of the surrounding (host) building.  If the shelter is structurally connected to the host building, it must be designed for the maximum capacity load of the connections in combination with all other loads on the building.

Armstrong-Douglass performs the structural peer reviews in accordance with the requirements of the ICC-500 and manages architectural and MEP sub-consultants who perform their respective peer reviews as a part of our overall scope.