Posts Tagged ‘seismic’

Hydraulic Seismic Dampers: These Contraptions are What’s Going to Keep You Alive When Another Big One Hits Frisco

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

These kinds of things are what holds up Frisco’s State Building in Civic Center:


Normally you can’t see them, but Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed a nice window for at least one:


Hurrah SOM!

A Hobbit Jail Under the Stairs Near Post Street – Not a Good Place To Be When the Next Big One Comes

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Redeveloping the Fillmore was a horrible horrible idea is what I think when I see all the concrete and clay and general decay around Post and Buchanan.

Oh look, a big parking garage – this is the last place you’d want to be in an earthquake, but there’s no money to fix anything, oh well.

And this cubby hole here needs to be locked up, else people would sleep here, of course:

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On It Goes…

This is Where You Want To Be on the 102nd Anniversary of San Francisco’s Big Quake

Friday, April 18th, 2008

You know where you want to be the next time a Big One comes? The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed state building in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Why? Because it’s resting on 288 eight-foot hydraulic seismic dampers. Like this one:


You see, they’ve helpfully cut a hole in the wall just to show you one. It looks at first as if it’s some kind of sculptured art. Read the sign for details:


So when the big shake comes, you won’t feel a thing. Hurray!