Design and Construction of a Full-Scale 5-Story Base Isolated Building Outfitted with Nonstructural Components for Earthquake Testing at the UCSD-NEES Facility


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by M. Chen, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0085, La Jolla, CA 92093, mcchen@ucsd.edu,
E. Pantoli, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0085, La Jolla, CA 92093, epantoli@ucsd.edu,
X. Wang, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0085, La Jolla, CA 92093, xiw002@ucsd.edu,
E. Espino, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182, kwalsh@mail.sdsu.edu,
S. Mintz, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0085, La Jolla, CA 92093, sjmintz@ucsd.edu,
J. Conte, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0085, La Jolla, CA 92093, jpconte@ucsd.edu,
T. Hutchinson, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0085, La Jolla, CA 92093, tara@ucsd.edu,
C. Marin, Department of Civil Engineering, Howard University, 2300 Sixth Street, NW Washington, DC 20059, claudiacmarin@gmail.com,
B. Meacham, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 110 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609, bmeacham@wpi.edu,
J. Restrepo, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0085, La Jolla, CA 92093, jrestrepo@ucsd.edu,
K. Walsh, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182, elias.espino@hotmail.com,
R. Englekirk, Englekirk Structural Engineers, 2116 Arlington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90018, robert.englekirk@englekirk.com,
M. Faghihi, Englekirk Structural Engineers, 2116 Arlington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90018, mahmoud.faghihi@englekirk.com,
M. Hoehler, Hilti Corporation, Corporate Research and Technology, Feldkircherstrasse 100, Schaan, 9494, Liechtenstein, matthew.hoehler@hilti.com,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress 2012:

Abstract: This project involves earthquake and post-earthquake fire testing of a full-scale five-story building furnished with nonstructural components and systems (NCSs). A broad array of NCSs are incorporated in the test building, including a functioning passenger elevator, stairs, exterior walls, interior partition walls, piping, HVAC, ceiling, sprinklers, building contents, as well as passive and active fire systems. The NEES-UCSD outdoor shake table facility is utilized to support this full-scale testing program. In this paper, the design and construction of the test building and its NCSs are summarized. Testing is projected for March 2012, and pending this progression, preliminary data may be presented at the conference. Data obtained from this program will be used to evaluate and refine current code assumptions and computer models regarding nonstructural components and systems, and to find ways to minimize undesirable damage to NCSs during an earthquake.

Subject Headings: Building design | Construction management | Base isolation | Earthquakes | Nonstructural elements | Full-scale tests | Walls | Data processing | Fires |

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