This multi-story condominium complex sits in the rift zone of the Hayward Fault. A recent rash of local earthquakes inspired the owners to find the funds required to address the ground level soft-story condition. We designed three Ordinary Steel Moment Frames at the garage to increase the lateral load capacity of the building. The frames were installed in existing door bays without reducing clearance or affecting usable space. We had to deal with the usual tangle of plumbing and electrical lines and keep disruption to a minimum.
Location: Oakland, CA, US
My Role: Project Engineer, Smith Engineering, Inc., Oakland CA
Additional Credits: Calin Smith, P.E., Owner & Principal Engineer, Smith Engineering, Inc.
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