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How would you explain to a non-engineer  how a building that has been designed for a place where earthquakes are likely would be different from a building designed for say, Chicago.
Say you are trying to explain this to a lawyer and it's a 20-story office building.  Talking about "moment frames" probably isn't going to accomplish anything.
What would they notice that was different about the two buildings if they went and looked at them while they were under construction?  What would they see different in the completed buildings?
What would be the difference in cost of construction for the building frame?
Gail Kelley