FABRIC FIX

FABRIC FIX

Our nation’s service members face enough challenges — an earthquake-caused building collapse doesn’t need to be one of them.

 

On a project to bring Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at Naval Medical Center San Diego up to modern earthquake codes, Sundt helped engineer a one-of-a-kind solution to upgrade the building. External caissons (underground columns) were replaced with enormous soil screws (called tie-backs) and wasteful and messy sprayed-on concrete reinforcing (shotcrete) was replaced with a cutting-edge technology using carbon-fiber (fabric) composite material applied directly to existing concrete walls. Because the fabric approach can be constructed during occupancy, this solution resulted in a 50 percent reduction of occupant downtime during the seismic upgrade while significantly reducing project costs. When we finished, service members stationed in San Diego had one less thing to worry about.

Client

U.S. Navy

Project

Bachelor Enlisted Quarters Buildings

Category

Precision