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03.26.2024 | FRP Collector Strengthening in a California Hospital

Seton Medical Center is hospital south of San Francisco, CA, that had fallen behind in meeting state-mandated seismic performance milestones and was under a tight deadline to ensure the building could safely remain open for patients. After various stops and starts, the retrofit moved forward with a combination of traditional materials and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), which was initially specified to enhance seismic shear on columns. Simpson Strong-Tie joined the project team as FRP manufacturer and engineer-of-record for the composite system after building full-scale column mock-ups to address constructability concerns. Simpson's composites development team then value engineered steel collectors to FRP, leveraging Simpson’s certified Tyrell Gilb Laboratory in Stockton, CA, to perform several rounds of testing to validate high load-carrying capacities of the collectors, and satisfy many unique field constraints on the project.

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