The Citizen Hotel is one of Sacramento’s most iconic historic structures. Originally designed as a mixed-use retail and office building, this 1920s, 14-story concrete structure was the first high-rise in the state capital. Also a State Registered Historic Place, in 2008 it opened as Sacramento’s first Joie de Vivre boutique hotel.
Reinforced-concrete moment frames and structural walls at the lower two floors make up the lateral-force-resisting system of this building. Our seismic upgrade design included strategic placement of new fluid viscous dampers to floors five through eight to mitigate excessive inter-story drifts during an earthquake. Steel braces were also added at the first floor to provide lateral and torsional stiffness and to mitigate the harmful effect of full-length, reinforced-concrete walls on the two back faces of the building.
2008 People’s Choice Award
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