How do you engineer a building that needs to remain operational after an earthquake?
How do you engineer a building that needs to remain operational after an earthquake?

Caltrans Traffic Operations/CHP Communications Center

Forell/Elsesser provided complete structural and seismic engineering services for this new base isolated “essential” facility.

Customized Solution
  • This 2-story steel framed, seismically isolated building, which uses concentrically braced frames, was designed to remain fully operational following a major seismic event.  The building serves as an emergency communications and command center for Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol.
  • This essential facility was the first building owned by the State of California that utilized seismic isolation technology.
  • Base isolation was selected for the facility because it was determined to be both feasible and cost-effective, while also meeting the client’s criteria for an “essential” facility. The building sits atop 40 isolators.
CATEGORIES

Justice/Civic/Governmental, Transportation


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Architect: Division of State Architecture
  • Owner: Caltrans