Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials Seminar: Performance Based Design for California Hospitals

Seminar | September 24 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Jay Love, Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Since 1973, California hospitals have been designed and constructed to a higher standard in order that hospitals be reasonably capable of providing services to the public after an earthquake. To meet evolving earthquake standards, hospitals have been designed to be stiffer and stronger to minimize damage to both the primary structure and the non-structural contents of the building. For the first time, a California hospital was designed with a supplementary damping system to reduce expected seismic forces and the associated lateral drifts.