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Re: Italy quake: L'Aquila's new public hospital

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Evacuate, no problem. But the hospital staff should be able to go back in real quick and get to work on helping people. Doesn't sound like this was the case.


On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 9:08 PM, Paul Ransom <ad026(--nospam--at)> wrote:
With respect, I have heard no comparison of design vs event.

Current US standard practice may not be reflective of design/construction
requirements in Italy at that time. It was not long ago that seismic design
philosophy on this side of the pond underwent a radical shift, essentially,
saying that everything done before is not as good as it could be. It took
even longer for California to legally respond to that state-of-the-art
knowledge. As I understand it, there is a substantial inventory of buildings
waiting for retrofit work.

Perhaps the hospital was evacuated due to concerns based on cosmetic damage
... and exacerbated by the appraisal of an available architect.


> Subject: Re: Italy quake: L'Aquila's new public hospital
> From: "Gerard Madden, SE" <gmse4603(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
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> I agree with Paul on 1 and 2, but not on 3
> As is standard practice here in California, hospitals (with patients, not
> office or admin buildings) should remain available for immediate occupancy
> after major seismic event, not simply collapse prevention. If this hospital
> is really only 9 years old, then something's wrong (code, engineer,
> architect, inspection/ code enforcement, or construction quality or some
> combination of them all),
> -gm

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