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New Hospital First To Use Seismic Technology

  February 15, 2019

By Cathryn Jakicic

The new California Pacific Medical Center Van Ness Campus hospital in San Francisco will be the first building in North America to use a seismic wall technology designed to help the building better survive earthquakes, according to BisNow.

The 11-story facility, scheduled to open in March 2019, will have 119 viscous wall dampers, a technology designed to absorb strong movement and reduce overall stress on the building. The technology uses a steel box filled with a viscous polymer that allows a vertical steel plate connected to the floor girder above to move freely and allow the fluid to absorb the energy during an earthquake, the article said.

The technology has been used in Japan for 25 years before this project.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.


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