Seismic Strengthening of a Tall Masonry Building

by Gary C. Hart, Univ of California, United States,
Glenn Almquist, Univ of California, United States,
James B. Elmlinger, Univ of California, United States,
Niaz Sajjad, Univ of California, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice

Abstract: The design of a strengthening system for a tall building is proposed using ductile reinforced masonry shear walls. This innovative design concept produced a system that controlled the intra-story displacements, resisted torsion and provided excellent ductility. The structural strengthening cost for the building is less than $1 million.

Subject Headings: Building design | Shear strength | Masonry | Shear walls | Structural strength | Earthquake resistant structures | Load and resistance factor design

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