Historic Hotel Utah Remodel and Seismic Upgrade

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Title: Historic Hotel Utah Remodel and Seismic Upgrade

Author(s): Jeffery T. Miller and Lawrence D. Reaveley

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 160

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 115-130

Keywords: earthquake-resistant structures; lateral pressure; loads (forces); renovating; shearwalls; Construction

Date: 6/1/1996

Abstract:
The seismic upgrade of the Hotel Utah was accomplished by constructing new concrete shearwalls to strengthen an existing historic building constructed in the early 1900s. Feasibility studies were performed to consider different methods of seismic upgrade; results indicated that new concrete shearwalls would provide the most economical method of upgrade without significant impact on the interior floor plan of the building. Construction of the new shearwalls was performed, for the most part, at the interior of the building which required special design and construction procedures.