Swinerton In the News

SMC Northern California: April 22, 2010

New Civic Center Gets Gusseted

I always say that if an earthquake strikes, I want to be in a modern building like this,” said Granada, the Swinerton, Inc. manager who is running the city’s civic center construction project. In front of him, workers were carefully positioning some of the 706 tons of structural steel that will make up the main framework of the $36 million project.

Developed in part through research done in the wake of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Granada was showing off some of the attributes of the new center before they are forever hidden from view by the rest of the building. Those features include specially designed cross-bracing and gussets, a plate-and-beam assembly designed to allow the building’s key joints to withstand temblors. Once the basic erection is completed in about six weeks, the building will be squared up, tightened down and fastened together permanently.

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