AWC’s Philip Line Recognized for Public Safety Leadership by National Institute of Building Sciences

Mar 16, 2021
Philip Line

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) is pleased to announce that Senior Director of Structural Engineering Philip Line, P.E., has been recognized for the Excellence Award of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC).

“This award honors Phil’s tireless efforts on behalf of the wood products industry, most recently leading to the development and acceptance of seismic design provisions for cross-laminated timber (CLT) shear walls. The acceptance of these new CLT shear wall provisions into BSSC’s 2020 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Seismic Provisions is the first new structural system to be fully adopted for seismic design in 20 years,” said AWC Vice President of Engineering Bradford Douglas, P.E.

The NIBS Building Seismic Safety Council celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. On March 4, built environment leaders virtually gathered to participate in the BSSC Meeting and Symposium to celebrate the 2020 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions (FEMA P-2082)-10th edition.

The Council has coordinated the efforts of federal agencies, the building industry, and thousands of subject matter experts to develop 10 editions of the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions, which have served as the foundation of the nation’s seismic standards and model building codes.

Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS, offered sincere thanks to award recipients for their dedication to NIBS and their hard work to keep the nation’s residents safe.

“This award is bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves in technical positions, in leadership, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations,” Woods said. “These efforts have improved building performance, minimized the damage from earthquakes and saved lives.”

The Building Seismic Safety Council was established in 1979, as one of the most important initiatives under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The Council’s mission is to enhance public safety by providing a national forum that fosters improved seismic planning, design, construction and regulation in the building community. For more information, visit 


The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, an industry that over 450,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs. AWC represents 86 percent of the structural wood products industry, and members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products. | @woodcouncil

The National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.