Seismic Design for Kiosk for Westfield Centre in San Francisco!

One would think by just looking at the pictures that this is just your average Kiosk that you see everyday in you local malls, however this one is a little different.  This particular Kiosk had to be designed with seismic design for the Westfield Shopping Centre in the heart of San Francisco.  When taking on this project I have to say there was some skepticism, however with determination and pride, we were able to complete the project on schedule.

The essence of successful seismic design is three-fold:

  • First, the design team must take a multi-hazard approach towards design that accounts for the potential impacts of seismic forces as well as all the major hazards to which an area is vulnerable.
  • Second, performance-based requirements, which may exceed the minimum life safety requirements of current seismic codes, must be established to respond appropriately to the threats and risks posed by natural hazards.
  • Third, and as important as the others, because earthquake forces are dynamic and responds according to its own design complexity, it is essential that the design team work collaboratively and have a common understanding of the terms and methods used in the seismic design process.

Westfield San Francisco Centre Showcases
The City’s Architectural Heritage

Visitors from around the world who step into Westfield San Francisco Centre marvel at its inspired design, effortless sophistication and world-class shopping,entertainment and dining. Located just two blocks from famed Union Square on San Francisco’s Market Street, this iconic destination is located on the site of the historic former Emporium Department Store, a structure built in 1896 and once hailed as the “Grandest Mercantile Building in the World” with its signature Beaux-Art grand façade and elegant glass dome.

This is what the customer had to say:

“I wanted to let everyone at New Tech Metals know that without your hard work, this would have just been another “cool sketch” that didn’t quite make it to the production line.  We truly could not have done it without you.  In fact, New Tech was the only company (out of about 15) to even consider the challenge.  On behalf of everyone at RCS (who are completely blown away by this one of a kind fixture) thank you.”

 

 

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