Recent hurricane activity in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions have renewed interest in the report Coast in the Eye of the Storm – Hurricane Katrina: August 29, 2005. Funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation and the Mississippi Concrete Industries Association, the study was conducted by Mississippi State University's Civil Engineering Department.

The report includes a forensic evaluation of how different building systems withstand catastrophic weather events, including the high winds, projectile damage, storm surge, and flooding associated with hurricanes. The report also includes recommendations for strengthening building codes.

“As areas affected by these recent storms continue to clean up and begin rebuilding efforts, it is important to consider ways in which life and property may be better protected in the future,” said Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini.

Additional information about this study and others funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation may be found at