Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Structural Engineering: The Architects' Role in Reducing Business Interruption

In this ninety minute program, leading structural engineer Kurt R. Lindorfer will share his knowledge of seismic vulnerability and building performance during earthquakes for commercial structures. With particular emphasis on "mission critical" business such as data centers, hospitals, laboratories, and manufacturing operations that must remain in operation following a significant seismic event, Mr. Lindorfer will touch on new technology options in retrofitting or new construction and best practices in structural engineering and structural obstacles and provide brief case studies. He'll also highlight ways that architects can effectively promote retrofitting projects and seismic enhancement for new buildings to owners and end users.

Participants in this program will gain a more thorough understanding of how buildings perform during earthquakes and be able to evaluate new technologies in structural enhancement and retrofitting. You will learn how to be more effective in promoting retrofitting projects, resulting in bottom line savings to clients. In addition, you will gain a more thorough understanding of how the new building code addresses performance of buildings versus previous prescriptive design.

Mr. Lindorfer is the founding principal of PARADIGM Structural Engineers, Inc., a leading structural engineering firm in San Francisco. In more than 26 years of providing engineering solutions for architects and owners of diverse commercial facilities in earthquake country, Mr. Lindorfer has developed a particular expertise in the evaluation of building vulnerability and improvement of building performance during and in the aftermath of seismic events. Mr. Lindorfer has designed and advised on numerous projects for companies in San Francisco and along the Hayward Fault in the East Bay. He specializes in "mission critical" commercial facilities such as data centers, hospitals, laboratories and other 24-hour operations, as well as historic properties in the East Bay. His clients include Bayer, Kaiser Permanente, Equinix, and Bank of America.

Lunchtime Learning: Business Interrupted? Structural Improvements That Cut Disaster Losses
Kurt R. Lindorfer, SE, of PARADIGM Structural Engineers, Inc., will discuss building performance during large earthquakes and building vulnerability. He will demonstrate how seismic structural enhancements for new construction and seismic retrofitting saves lives, property and money.
Time: Noon - 1:30pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Contact: 510/464-3600
Cost: None; This program is open to all. Lunch provided. Please
1.5 CES/LUs

For more information: 510/464-3600

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