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The 37,000 sqft, unconventional brick building, built in 1975, needed to be brought up to current building code standards for earthquake resistivity in order to install large new windows in the exterior walls while ensuring public safety.
The complex challenge was solved by designing steel eccentrically-braced frames with collectors and braces around the perimeter of the mezzanine and roof diaphragms. Most of the connection details were appreciatingly drafted in 3D in order to effectively communicate the design intent to the design team, the contractor, and the steel fabricator.