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Chinese Hospital
  New Acute Care Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility
845 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA
Tim Ariosto
Structural Option

User Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work-in-progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the intrepretation of Tim Ariosto. Changes and discrepencies in no way imply that the original designed contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

Special Thanks to Jacobs Carter Burgess and the Chinese Hospital for the permission, guidance, materials, and images used for this thesis project.

Thesis Proposal


In Technical Report III, it was determined that seismic loads are the controlling load condition the current structural system. Since large transient seismic loads, which are primarily a strength issue, tend to result in deformations beyond the elastic limits of the steel members, the structure will be redesigned to include the use of Fluid Viscous Dampers

Breadth I - Cost and Schedule Analysis

Due to the addition of FVDs and the redesign of the lateral system; a cost and schedule impact will also be undertaken to determine the effects of the changes.  Included in this breadth will be estimates on the prices of FVDs as well as installation costs for the new system.  The price of the FVDs will then be compared with the cost reduction of reducing the size of the lateral system.  Since the expected completion date of Chinese New Year 2013 is important symbolically to the project, it will be important to determine whether that deadline would still be met. 

Breadth II - Architectural Impact

The current structural system of the New Acute Care Hospital is made of moment frames, which offer a considerable amount of freedom for the architecture.  If these braces are added to the interior moment frames, they will have an impact on the floor plan.  If they are added to the perimeter frames, then the exterior façade will have to be modified.  Therefore, an architecture breadth will be included which will detail the impact of the FVD additions as well as propose a solution to that impact.

To view pdf versions of the latest proposal and executive summary, select the appropriate link to the right.


A PDF of the complete proposal (12/15/2009) may be viewed here.

A PDF of the executive summary (12/15/2009) may be viewed here.

A PDF of the revised proposal (1/15/2010) may be viewed here.

A PDF of the revised executive summary (1/15/2010) may be viewed here.

A PDF of the revised proposal (1/31/2009) may be viewed here.





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