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Structural Design of Two New Projects at Stanford: Biomedical Innovations Building and Frost Amphitheater

CEE 298 Winter Seminar Series
Bret Lizundia, Rutherford & Chekene
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:30 pm
Shriram 104
The presentation will cover the design of two projects currently under construction at Stanford.  The first is the Biomedical Innovations Building, a five-story laboratory building with a buckling-restrained braced frame lateral force-resisting system. The design included nonlinear response history analyses to confirm the structure will meet Stanford’s Facility Class 2 performance objective which targets higher than code level performance.  The second project is the Frost Amphitheater Renovation which includes a number of buildings, with the main one being a new steel-framed stage canopy structure. The overall renovation preserves the elegant and challenging site but provides the features desired by performing arts groups.  For both projects, the presentation will address how the structural design aimed to meet the architectural goals.
The presentation will be given by Bret Lizundia, the project structural engineer of record for both projects and a principal at Rutherford + Chekene in San Francisco.  Mr. Lizundia has nearly 30 years of experience in the structural design of new laboratories, museums, academic centers, libraries, aquariums, performing arts centers, and office buildings; seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings; peer review and plan checking; and applied research and guideline development.  His portfolio of work includes the seismically-isolated de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park; the Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at UC Berkeley; Genentech Hall, the first research building at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus; and the seismic rehabilitation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hanna House, a national landmark structure located at Stanford.  He was the project manager of FEMA 547 Techniques for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings, a co-author of FEMA 306/307 Evaluation of Earthquake Damaged Concrete and Masonry Wall Buildings, project director for the update to FEMA P-154 Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards, and is currently project director for the FEMA-funded Example Application Guide for ASCE 41.   He has a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.S. in structural engineering from Stanford, and he is a past president of the Applied Technology Council and the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.