- Forell/Elsesser performed the seismic evaluation and upgrade of this existing 83,000 s.f. 6-story biochemistry laboratory building which involved new exterior concrete shear walls supported by an innovative continuous post-tensioned “belt” foundation.
- This foundation avoided the need for a more conventional, but expensive drilled pier solution.
- Many individuals have commented that the well-designed and constructed exterior shear walls and collector bands actually improve the appearance of the building.
- The six full-height shear walls caused the closure of only two window openings on the entire perimeter of the building.
The seismic work upgraded the building from a “Poor” to “Good” rating and represents the first architecturally exposed High Volume Fly Ash sustainable concrete mix application in California. Customized Solution