American Society of Civil Engineers

Use of Garage Doors to Resist Lateral Forces

by Laurence Kornfield, (City and County of San Francisco, Department of Building Inspection, 1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 E-mail: and Patrick Buscovich, S.E., (Patrick Buscovich and Associates, Structural Engineers, 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 823. San Francisco, CA 94104 E-mail:
Section: Mitigation Policy Issues, Strategies, and Ongoing Programs 2, pp. 1213-1223, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures
Abstract: Existing wood-panel, sectional, overhead garage doors have been shown in preliminary proof-of-concept testing to be effective as load transfer and energy dissipation elements in soft-story, wood-framed buildings. Such doors performed surprisingly well and, with further development of uplift restraint devices and additional testing, may be recommended for soft-story reinforcement in certain buildings.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Lateral forces
Parking facilities