This three-story office building retrofit in Orange County features 44 NASA-grade shock absorbers. Without this innovative technology, it would not be financially feasible to seismically strengthen this circa 1969, steel and concrete building. Miyamoto determined that fluid viscous dampers, which NASA and the U.S. military use to dissipate seismic energy, can also be deployed in civilian building projects. Miyamoto engineers successfully implemented this high performance technology into the office building, significantly improving performance during a seismic event. Thirty-six-inch cylinder-like dampers were strategically installed at the second and third floors.
Costa Mesa, CA