Decking Out The Desmond

by Zhaosho Jiang, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Assistant Professor; San Francisco, CA,
Mark Sarkisian, P.E., (M.ASCE), Partner; San Francisco, CA,
Neville Mathias, S.E., (M.ASCE), Associate Director; San Francisco, CA,
Rupa Garai, P.E., (M.ASCE), Associate; San Francisco, CA,
John Lyrenmann, S.E., (M.ASCE), Structural Engineer; 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.

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