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ASCE 31 is basically an updated and compiled standard that is based on FEMA 310.  I believe some of the language and terminology is clarified in 31.  Our office just provided a review of a potential purchase for a state of CA office, and they have their own "seismic policy" for purchased or leased buildings.  It states that a building would only be purchased if rated "good" (= better than Life Safety), or if it is rated "fair" (= Life Safety) with a reasonable retrofit scheme and cost estimate associated with it.  

Sounds like you may have something similar...  From your initial description, it doesn't sound like this building would comply with such requirements...

Good Luck.

On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:19 PM, Alexander Bausk <bauskas(--nospam--at)> wrote:

 >FEMA 310, (which I do not have a copy of)

Notwithstanding my complete ignorance on the issue, I think now you have one:


On 13 August 2010 03:32, Larry Hauer <lhauer(--nospam--at)> wrote:
To All,

I have been asked to evaluate an existing office building for compliance with ASCE/SEI 31-03 due to a California state agency wishing to occupy part of the building, (2 story wood frame with OMF lateral resistive system over a concrete flat plate parking area at grade, and designed in the mid. 80’s).

Back in 2001 this building was reviewed by a California SE using GSA/FEMA 310 with, (in my opinion), some pretty serious non-compliance items such as masonry shear walls overstressed, moment connections Pre-Northridge Earthquake, bottom reinforcing in flat plate at column strips not continuous, etc. If these items are still applicable under the ASCE 31-03, it seems to me that another evaluation of the structure may be unnecessary due to the high retro-fit costs.

So, my questions is: Is ASCE 31-03, (which I have a copy of), basically the same as FEMA 310, (which I do not have a copy of)?  If there is a difference between the two publications, is one more liberal/conservative than the other?

Any other comments would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Larry Hauer, S.E.

Alexander Bausk
Civil/Structural design & inspection engineer, CAD professional
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Tel. +38 068 4079692
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