Vanir is providing project management services for a major seismic upgrade to the St. Bernardine Medical Center’s central tower, originally built in 1972. The central wing was found to have a high percent collapse risk, and the project will ensure that seismic dampers will absorb potential earthquake shaking energy before it can damage the original structure, greatly reducing risks to the building, occupants and equipment.
The scope of work consists of:
- Installation of three exoskeleton frames with a total of 108 viscous dampers, each rated at up to ¾ million pounds output, constructed around the outside of the building
- Increasing the width of the existing expansion joints located in the surgical department of the hospital
- Construction of negotiated accessibility upgrades for public access