Design of FBI HQ includes precast; takes quakes, hazards into account

04/8/2013 | DesignBuildSource.com.au (Australia)

HGA Architects' design for the new FBI field office complex in Portland, Ore., includes precast "punched-window panels" and was built so it could withstand earthquakes, blasts and other hazards, writes Justin McGar. Restrained braced frames were used to absorb the majority of the building's seismic load; walls were "designed to be heavier and thicker to simultaneously meet combined blast, seismic, bearing, and progressive-collapse specifications."

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