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


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: Structural strength | Seismic effects | Strength of materials | Building design | Ductility | Earthquake resistant structures | Load and resistance factor design | Shear resistance | California | United States

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