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Retrofitting Historic Buildings

Structural Engineers frequently retrofit historic buildings, such as Oakland City Hall and UC Berkeley, making them safe for people to enjoy for many years. Here is a look at a few notable buildings and what makes them special. Come back to this site in the future to read about others.

· Oakland City Hall
Structural Engineer Mason Walters and his team at Forell/Elsesser Engineers recently made sure that the Oakland City Hall - built in 1917 as the first high-rise government office in the US - would remain one of the country's finest examples of...

· Conservatory of Flowers
Structural Engineer Nancy Tennebaum and her team at Tennebaum-Manheim Engineers used a green, sustainable solution reclaimed old growth redwood to restore and retrofit San Francisco's historic Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park...

· UC Berkeley
Over the past 35 years, Structural Engineers in Northern California and officials of the University of California at Berkeley have collaborated to save many of the historic buildings on campus while advancing the science of earthquake engineering...

· Stanford University
In 1906, Stanford had a reputation as one of the best-equipped campuses in the country, even though it was about one-tenth the size it is today. But things changed dramatically on April 18, when the great earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area...

· SF City Hall
San Francisco's Old City Hall, built in the late 1800s, took 27 years to construct and only 28 seconds to crumble during the 1906 Earthquake. Only the dome remained intact...