How do you provide an earthquake safe design for a highly irregular building in a high seismic zone?
How do you provide an earthquake safe design for a highly irregular building in a high seismic zone?

San Francisco State University, Mashouf Wellness Center

Forell/Elsesser provided structural engineering services for this new 118,000 s.f. recreation and wellness center. The center includes a two gymnasiums, weight and fitness spaces, an elevated jogging track, indoor natatorium, and spaces for students to socialize.

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The shape of the building in plan is highly irregular with three distinct wings on three primary axes.
  • Because of this irregular shape, the building was designed for earthquakes in three directions.
  • Tall open spaces with large floor openings required a creative seismic system design using buckling restrained braced frames (BRBF’s) strategically located throughout the perimeter walls.
  • One important window wall was desired to be free of any lateral bracing, so a portion of the building is designed as a strong-back allowing the architects to achieve their vision.
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Athletic Facilities


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Architect: WRNS Studio
  • Owner: San Francisco State University
  • General Contractor: CW Driver