Decking Out The Desmond

by Zhaosho Jiang, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Assistant Professor; School of Engineering, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA,
Mark Sarkisian, P.E., (M.ASCE), Partner; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
Neville Mathias, S.E., (M.ASCE), Associate Director; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
Rupa Garai, P.E., (M.ASCE), Associate; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
John Lyrenmann, S.E., (M.ASCE), Structural Engineer; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
, P.E.

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2016, Vol. 86, Issue 6, Pg. 66-73,86


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Constructed a century ago, the industrial structure that occupies the corner of 11th and Hope streets in downtown Los Angeles paid homage to the exciting new role that automobiles were playing in the local economy. Today that structure, the Desmond building, is playing a very similar role in downtown L.A.’s newly energized commercial scene thanks to an inventive renovation that included a seismic retrofit.

Subject Headings: Business districts | Decks | Industrial facilities | Streets | Automobiles | Renovation | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Los Angeles | California | United States | North America

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