Design of FBI HQ in Ore. takes quakes, hazards into account

04/8/2013 | (Australia)

The FBI field office complex in Portland, Ore., was built so it could withstand earthquakes, blasts and other hazards. 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;" and laminated box windows should ensure that glass doesn't fall should it fail.

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