Seismic Design of Seattle Waterfront Facilities

by Frank W. Pita, (A.M.ASCE), Manager; Seattle Geotechnical Dept., CH2M HILL, Bellevue, Wash.,
Bradley P. Erickson, (A.M.ASCE), Manager; Seattle Geotechnical Dept., CH2M HILL, Bellevue, Wash.,
Arthur J. O'Brien, (A.M.ASCE), Geotechnical Engr.; CH2M HILL, Bellevue, Wash.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 24-33

Document Type: Journal Paper


The waterfront facilities of the Port of Seattle are part of the region's transportation lifelines. The lifeline integrity of the water transportation system depends on maintaining these facilities in operation following a major earthquake. An extensive development program to improve the Port of Seattle's existing waterfront facilities and provide new facilities is being implemented. Current codes do not provide comprehensive earthquake design criteria for port facilities. It is recommended that a national building code be expanded to address the peculiar characteristics of waterfront facilities. It is also recommended that more information regarding lifeline design requirements and recommendations for waterfront facilities is required.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Building design | Seismic tests | Hydraulic design | Lifeline systems | Ports and harbors | Standards and codes | Earthquakes | Existing buildings | Water transportation | Washington | North America | United States | Seattle

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