Evaluation of Seismic Isolation Schemes for a Historic Building

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by Navin Amin, Chief; Structural Engineer,
Anoop Mokha, Chief; Structural Engineer,
Hamid Fatehi, Chief; Structural Engineer,
Peter Lee, Chief; Structural Engineer,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation:

Abstract: The U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth District building originally completed in 1905 with an expansion in 1933, suffered damage during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The building is currently being seismically retrofitted using seismic isolation along with additional shear wall strengthening. This paper presents a comprehensive approach adopted for evaluation of different isolation systems in the context of the entire project. Furthermore, the application of selected isolation system is also discussed.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Shear walls | Shear strength | Earthquake resistant structures | Building design | Rehabilitation | Base isolation |

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