USRC Rated Buildings

Check out a sample of buildings awarded US Resiliency Council Building Ratings for earthquakes.

Vernon Street Office Building

Roseville, CA

Roseville’s City Hall Earns USRC’s First Platinum Rating

Roseville’s city office building’s original design called for a steel structure with a plaster finish. However, the City selected the Precast Hybrid Moment Frame because it gave the architect flexibility in the design, met its tight delivery requirements and provided the City with reassurance that during an earthquake, critical operations and services would be housed in a resilient structure.

The PHMF structural system incorporates a high-performance precast hybrid moment-resisting frame that limits design level drifts to less than 1.25 percent. The system is designed to be self-centering after the seismic event eliminating residual drifts, limiting damage, and providing for reduced recovery time.

As the first ever building rated by the United States Resiliency Council (USRC), the Roseville City Hall Annex takes sustainable design to a new level. The fully precast concrete structure utilizes long-span  double-tees at each floor to maximize open space. Precast Hybrid Moment Frames utilized on the project are not only a high performing structural system but by featuring these as the exterior skin it results in an incredibly efficient design. The frames, which are self-righting, are designed to allow the building to be occupied immediately after a seismic event which was a major contributing factor to the building achieving a platinum rating,  highest rating possible from the U.S. Resiliency Council.

“The City of Roseville is extremely pleased with the project outcome. Publicly-funded projects of this size, scope and complexity are rarely, if ever, completed in the timeframe of 316 Vernon, due in significant part to the precast design and innovative just-in-time construction methods. Other added benefits from an operational perspective include: lower long-term maintenance costs, superior sound isolation / exterior noise suppression, and approximately 30% less energy consumption attributable to heating and cooling as a result of the building’s efficient thermal mass. As the owner and occupant, we couldn’t be happier.” – Mike Isom, City of Roseville

USRC Rating

PLATINUM

Location

Roseville, CA

Building Owner

City of Roseville

Engineer of Record

Buehler Engineers

Architect of Record

LPAS

Builder

DPR Construction, Clark Pacific Builders

Facility Type

Civic

Construction

New

Structural System

Five Story Precast Hybrid Moment Frame

Contact

Ryan Kersting, SE, Associate Principal Buehler Engineering
Email

Farid Ibrahim, Director, Building Systems Innovation, Clark Pacific  Email

Clifford J Allenby State Office Building

Sacramento, CA

Concepcion Temple

Concepcion, Chile

Edificio Mirador

Santiago, Chile

iMod Modular Classrooms

Advanced Steel-Framed Future Proof Classrooms Rated to Withstand Most Severe Earthquakes & Recover Operations Within Days

iMod Structures (IMS), makers of ‘Future Proof’ modular classrooms, announced that the company’s high performance buildings have received the US Resiliency Council’s (USRC) Platinum Earthquake Rating, making them the first educational facilities in the country to achieve USRC’s highest earthquake performance rating.

The USRC created its Earthquake Building Rating System to provide building owners and facilities managers at schools, hospitals, businesses and other organizations with a reliable, consistent, scientific-based system for gauging a building’s expected performance during an earthquake, including how soon a building will return to operations after a seismic event. This first-of-its kind performance rating is based on decades of earthquake engineering research and observations of earthquake damage by leading engineering practitioners, and seismic experts at major universities and government organizations.

Based on the USRC’s review of the structural design, iMod Structures’ single-story moment-frame buildings were given a Platinum rating across all geographic regions of California, the most seismically active state in the US. The company’s two-story classrooms received a Platinum rating in approximately 95% of the state, and a Gold Rating in the remaining 5%.

“There is no question of whether there will be another major earthquake in California,” said Craig Severance, Co-Founder of iMod Structures. “The only questions are when, where and how big! Given that inevitability, schools and universities need to ask themselves whether they have adequately factored resiliency into their facility plans. Optimally, they’ll work to ensure their buildings are USRC Platinum rated. We are thrilled that iMod Structures is leading the way in this initiative and actively advocating for safer schools for our state’s students, teachers and administrators.”

Researchers at the United States Geologic Survey predict that there is a 99% chance an earthquake of a 6.7 magnitude or higher will strike in California before 2030. Though it’s impossible to predict the exact timing or magnitude of an earthquake, researchers encourage residents and local officials throughout California to prepare now and retrofit structures to withstand seismic force before the next significant quake occurs.

“We applaud iMod Structures for joining us in highlighting the need for resilient buildings and classrooms that will withstand the most severe seismic events while keeping their occupants safe,” said Evan Reis, Executive Director and Co-Founder, USRC. “Modern building codes are designed to ensure that in a natural disaster buildings are safe and people can get out. But in typical cities around 90% of existing buildings, including many schools, were not built to modern codes. USRC is working with iMod Structures to ensure that 21st century California classrooms are not just built to code, but also are resilient!”

IMS is shifting the way the world designs, builds and delivers high performance classrooms. Flexibility to accommodate changing technologies and a transportable new moment-frame structural system are the backbone for iMod’s High Performance Buildings. iMod now builds the only Future Proof classrooms that are relocatable, reconfigurable, resilient, sustainable and long lasting. These steel-frame classrooms have been awarded Pre-Check approval by the California Division of the State Architect (DSA).

Available in single and two-story configurations, these classrooms are pre-fabricated in the iMod factory in Vallejo, CA, an hour north of San Francisco. As needed, a second-story can be added to an existing IMS building in the future, conserving open space on a campus.  As student populations ebb and flow, the second story can be removed and relocated to become the first story of a new classroom. Each classroom is delivered to schools fully assembled, ready for utility hook up and occupancy within days. Standard classrooms are delivered within six months of a school entering into a contact with IMS.

About iMod Structures

iMod Structures is transforming classrooms and how they are built. IMS is designing, manufacturing and installing DSA approved pre-fabricated, Future Proof classrooms that are healthy, resilient and sustainable 21st century learning environments. Based on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif., the company is funded by private investors and major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs. For more information about iMod Structures please visit imodstructures.com.

USRC RatingPLATINUM
LocationThroughout California
Building OwneriMod Structures
Engineer of RecordMar Structural Design
Architect of Record 
BuilderiMod Structures
Facility TypeCivic
ConstructionNew
Structural SystemOne or two story steel moment frame
ContactRich Moore, iMod Structures
415-608-7441
Email

85 Bluxome Street

San Francisco, CA

ZFA Engineering, Choosing a Resilient Design

The first building in San Francisco to receive a USRC rating is 85 Bluxome Street, a new five-story, 57,000 square-foot, Class A office building in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood. The steel-framed structure was awarded a USRC Gold Rating for achieving five stars for safety and four stars for both damage and recovery. Completed in 2016, the building was developed by Bluxome Partners, LLC, designed by RIM Architects and ZFA Structural Engineers, and constructed by BCCI Construction Company.

“The USRC rating at 85 Bluxome is a long-awaited first step in increasing transparency so that people can be aware of the very real risks that are present in this region.” – Mark Moore, Executive Principal at ZFA Structural Engineers

With San Francisco office space hitting record high prices, maximizing leasable area is one of the top priorities of commercial developers after the safety and comfort of occupants. At 85 Bluxome Street, ZFA Structural Engineers, a founding member of the USRC, helped achieve both by using a high-performing proprietary SidePlate moment frame system to provide a stiffer-than-required structural frame that reduced building drift and allowed the footprint of the building to extend as close as possible to property lines. With careful accounting, the return on investment for this strategy was clear; the added square footage was of far greater value than the cost of the additional structural steel used to achieve it.

In addition to maximizing leasable space, the structural system’s high stiffness provides superior performance that exceeds current building code earthquake requirements, which contributed to the USRC Gold rating. Additional attention to detailing of stairs and anchorage of mechanical equipment means not only that the building was rated in the top category for safety (five stars), but that it is expected to fully recover from a major earthquake in less than one week. This building is a great example of the synergy that can exist when multiple goals are aligned and everyone – owners, tenants, and communities – wins.

USRC Rating

GOLD

Location

San Francisco

Building Owner

Bluxome Partners LLC

Engineer of Record

ZFA Engineers

Architect of Record

RIM Architects

Builder

BCCI Builders

Facility Type

Commercial

Construction

New Design

Structural System

Five Story Steel Moment Frame

Casa Adelante

San Francisco, CA

Stanford BioMedical Innovation

Stanford, CA

Society Hotel

Portland, OR

The Society Hotel in Portland, Oregon Among First to Receive USRC Ratings

This four-story, 1881 building was seismically retrofitted in 2014. The Chinatown hotel was originally a refuge for sailors on ports-of-call and later part of the Portland Hospital. The seismic retrofit was mostly paid for by the tax credit the developer received for the historic preservation of the hotel.

“The Society Hotel owners and staff are honored to be one of the first four buildings in Portland to receive the U.S. Resiliency Council’s Silver Rating. It was a challenge to seismically upgrade the building while simultaneously completing a Historic Preservation through the National Parks Service, but we were committed to making the building as safe as possible for our guests and staff while also preserving this historic nineteenth century Portland landmark. We’re thrilled to give it new life in the twenty-first century and beyond.” – Gabe Genauer, The Society Hotel

USRC Rating

SILVER

Location

Portland, OR

Building Owner

Keymar LLC, dba: The Society Hotel

Engineer of Record

DCI Consulting Engineers

Architect of Record

Integrate Architecture and Planning

Builder

CEID Holdings LLC

Facility Type

Commercial

Construction

Retrofit

Structural System

Four Story Masonry Bearing Wall

Contact

Gabe Genauer, Owner The Society Hotel  Email

Plow Works Building

Portland, OR

Seismically upgraded mixed use space thrives in Portland’s industrial district

This four-story building in the Central Eastside Industrial District was built in 1908, and seismically retrofitted in 2013. The historic mixed-use building serves creative and professional office users, and two up-scale restaurants. The original user of the Building was Oliver Chilled Plow Works, a farm equipment manufacturer, and later numerous light industrial uses.

USRC Rating

SILVER

Location

Portland, OR

Building Owner

CEID Holdings LLC

Engineer of Record

BKE Structural Engineers

Architect of Record

John Cooley, Architect

Builder

CEID Holdings LLC

Facility Type

Mixed Use Commercial

Construction

Retrofit

Structural System

Two Story Masonry Bearing Wall

Contact

Brett Anderson, Owner CEID Holdings LLC  Email

Martha Washington House

Portland, OR

Martha Washington Apartments in Portland, Oregon Among First to Receive USRC Ratings

The City of Portland invests in its most vulnerable populations by upgrading this historic building. This four-story building was built in 1917 and seismically retrofitted in 2010. The building serves at risk populations with annual incomes that do not exceed 60% of area median income.

USRC Rating

SILVER

Location

Portland, OR

Building Owner

Home Forward

Engineer of Record

Catena Consulting Engineers

Architect of Record

LRS Architects

Builder

 

Facility Type

Multifamily Residential

Construction

Retrofit

Structural System

Four Story Masonry Bearing Wall

Contact

Jared Lewis, Principal Catena Engineering Consultants  Email

Mercy Corps Headquarters

Portland, OR

Mercy Corps Headquarters in Portland, Oregon Among First to Receive USRC Ratings

The headquarters of a nonprofit devoted to helping disaster victims becomes more resilient itself. This four-story building was built in 1890 and seismically retrofitted in 2007. The building houses a non-profit with the mission of alleviating suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

USRC Rating

SILVER

Location

Portland, OR

Building Owner

Mercy Corps

Engineer of Record

ABHT Structural Engineers

Architect of Record

Hacker Architects

Builder

 

Facility Type

Commercial

Construction

Retrofit

Structural System

Four Story Masonry Bearing Wall

Contact

Hugh Donnelly, Director of Administration and Facilities Mercy Corps  Email

San Gabriel Shops

San Gabriel, CA

IDS Group Making Buildings Safer in Southern California

Shop 1841 is a two-story retail building located in the city of San Gabriel in Southern California. It has about 13,500 sq. ft of retail area including the partial second floor that covers about 1/3 of the building footprint.  The original construction of the building goes back to the 1940’s or 50’s and consists of a long span wood truss roof supported by reinforced concrete walls in the retail areas. The building had an addition in the 1970’s where the 2-story portions with wood floors and reinforced CMU walls were added. Most recently, the building was partially remodeled and seismically retrofitted in 2010. The limited retrofit consists of steel moment frames added at the open store front as well as several plywood shear walls added throughout the building. Struts and ties at the ceiling and roof levels have also been provided as part of the 2010 seismic retrofit. The building site is located near a major fault and is classified as highly seismic.

IDS utilized relevant provisions of ASCE 41-13 to evaluate this building. A Tier-1 screening according to Chapter 4 of ASCE 41-13 was performed. The performance level was chosen as Life Safety (LS) according to ASCE41-13 Table 2-1. Apparently due to the seismic upgrade of the building in 2010, no structural deficiencies were detected. A few nonstructural deficiencies related to piping, equipment, and glazing were found. The SP3 seismic performance prediction program by Haselton Baker Risk Groups was used to determine the building’s USRC Ratig. The building obtained 4 stars, 4 stars, and 3 stars for the three dimensions of Safety, Damage, and Recovery respectively. Considering the age of the building and the fact that virtually all types of construction materials have been used in it, namely steel, reinforced concrete, masonry and wood, it’s Silver (4-4-3) Seismic Rating is very impressive.

Much of the credit goes to the owner, Mr. Paul Jenkins of the Star Building Group, whose approach to the mitigation of seismic risk is an outgrowth of his philosophy that earthquakes ought to be viewed and dealt with as a natural part of the local environment. Just like we prepare and protect ourselves and our places of residence/work/school from the effects of hot or cold weather or rain or the strong sun, so should we prepare for earthquakes which are bound to occur in this region without warning.

USRC Rating

SILVER

Location

San Gabriel, CA

Building Owner

Star Building Group

Engineer of Record

IDS

Architect of Record

 

Builder

 

Facility Type

Commercial

Construction

Retrofit

Structural System

One Story Masonry Bearing Wall

Contact

Dr. Rami Elhassan, Principal IDS Group   Email

Parkrose Middle School

Portland, OR

Northwest Masonry Buildings Receive USRC Silver Rating

Northwest Concrete Masonry Association (NWCMA) is pleased to announce that the Parkrose Middle School (Portland, OR) recently achieved the U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC) Silver Rating. The USRC Building Rating System describes the expected impacts of an earthquake or other natural disaster on buildings. The Silver Rating indicates achievement of key performance targets including limited building damage and a shortened operational recovery time after a major seismic event. Most importantly, loss of life caused directly by building damage is not anticipated.

Tom Young, Executive Director of NWCMA, explains, “A resilient building is an asset to a community. In addition to being a good long-term investment it can often serve as a recovery operations center or provide shelter to a community impacted by a natural disaster.”

The Parkrose Middle School is a two-story 140,000 sq. ft. structure designed by Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group Architects, Inc. and KPFF Consulting Engineers. It is an excellent example of an all-masonry cavity wall system incorporating interior exposed concrete masonry structural walls with a brick veneer exterior. The school has also received several other design awards as well as LEED Gold status and is a huge source of pride within the community.

Achieving the USRC Silver Rating recognizes the inherent resiliency of this reinforced masonry building which was one of the first two rated under the USRC Getting-to-Silver initiative. When a natural disaster such as an earthquake strikes, it is critical to have safe buildings that sustain minimal damage and quickly achieve functionality. Resilient buildings perform well and contribute to resilient communities.

USRC Rating

SILVER

Location

Portland, OR

Building Owner

Parkrose School District

Engineer of Record

KPFF

Architect of Record

 

Builder

 

Facility Type

Educational

Construction

New

Structural System

Two Story Masonry Bearing Wall

Contact

Tom Young, Northwest Concrete Masonry Association   Email

Central Spokane YMCA/YWCA

Spokane, WA

Northwest Masonry Buildings Receive USRC Silver Rating

Northwest Concrete Masonry Association (NWCMA) is pleased to announce that the Central Spokane YMCA/YWCA recently achieved the U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC) Silver Rating. The USRC Building Rating System describes the expected impacts of an earthquake or other natural disaster on buildings. The Silver Rating indicates achievement of key performance targets including limited building damage and a shortened operational recovery time after a major seismic event. Most importantly, loss of life caused directly by building damage is not anticipated.

Tom Young, Executive Director of NWCMA, explains, “A resilient building is an asset to a community. In addition to being a good long-term investment it can often serve as a recovery operations center or provide shelter to a community impacted by a natural disaster.”

The Central Spokane YMCA/YWCA is a two-story load- bearing masonry building designed by ALSC Architects and Coffman Engineers. It utilizes both 8” and 12” concrete masonry shear walls. This was the first time the YMCA and YWCA combined resources into one facility which was designed to meet a silver LEED certification.

Achieving the USRC Silver Rating recognizes the inherent resiliency of this reinforced masonry building which was one of the first two rated under the USRC Getting-to-Silver initiative. When a natural disaster such as an earthquake strikes, it is critical to have safe buildings that sustain minimal damage and quickly achieve functionality. Resilient buildings perform well and contribute to resilient communities.

USRC Rating

SILVER

Location

Spokane, WA

Building Owner

YMCA/YWCA

Engineer of Record

Coffman Engineers

Architect of Record

 

Builder

 

Facility Type

Recreational

Construction

New

Structural System

Two Story Masonry Bearing Wall

Contact

Tom Young, Northwest Concrete Masonry Association   Email