SEAONC December Dinner Meeting

“Why Earthquake Resilient Design Matters at the San Francisco General Hospital”
Presented by: Maryann Phipps, SE, eStructure
OSHPD: Mohammad Karim, SE, OSHPD
Owner’s Representative: Ronald Alameida, PM, SF Department of Public Works
Architect: Chiu-lin Chan, Fong & Chan Architects
Structural Engineer: Eric Ko, SE, Arup San Francisco

Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m. Assembly, 6:15 Dinner, 7:15 Program
Location: Faculty Club, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley

The new San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center (SFGH) is a base isolated structure located 10 miles from the San Andreas Fault, in San Francisco, CA. This state-of-the-art healthcare facility will house acute care services and more than 12 departments that provide critical functions for the City and County of San Francisco. The 9-story steel-framed structure consists of 448,000 sq. ft. and is supported on 115 Triple Pendulum isolators. The structural performance objective is to ensure that the superstructure remains elastic when subjected to ground motions at the Maximum Considered Earthquake (MCE) level and that the hospital remains operational after an earthquake.

The presentation will cover all aspects of the structural design experience of SFGH. This project demonstrates that base isolation can provide the best insurance for mitigating seismic hazards for critical facilities, with lower costs and without negatively impacting the design schedule. The close collaboration of the SFGH Rebuild Team was required to meet the stringent scheduling, regulatory, and budgetary requirements of the project. Constructions will be substantially completed by May 2015 and patient occupation is scheduled for Dec 28, 2015.

Following the presentation will be a panel discussion to candidly discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with designing base isolated hospitals in California.

UC Berkeley Graduate Students have been invited to present research posters during the Assembly hour starting at 5:30 pm.

More information and registration at:
Early registration deadline: Friday November 30, 2012