The Seismic Competition provides an opportunity for collegiate Civil Engineers to gain knowledge and practice in the discipline of Earthquake Engineering. The threats earthquakes pose along the Southwest region of the United States, and specifically Southern California, are great; it is in the best interest of civil engineering students to accumulate knowledge in the building of structures, which possess the ability to counteract such threats. The objectives of the Seismic Competition are as follows: To provide an opportunity for undergraduate Civil Engineers to engage in the design of lateral load resisting systems for multi-story buildings. To foster an educational and professional environment for undergraduates to pursue meaningful relationships between their peers and professionals. To supplement undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering with an alternative to seismic design through the creation of a balsa wood-made, multi-story, model of a building. All parameters will be measured in Imperial Units.