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October 2011

Dr. Russ Church Dental Office Building

By | Structural Renovations of Existing Buildings | No Comments

The wood-framed, 3,500-square feet addition to the Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery building in Vancouver, Washington, functions as the dental offices for Dr. Russ Church. Erickson Structural provided structural engineering design services to Clark Kjos Architects, and actively participated in the construction phase.

The building addition was designed to seamlessly blend with the existing medical office building, constructed circa 2009, utilizing consistent construction, details and exterior finishes.  To the public, the composite building now appears to have been constructed in a single project, an important design and project objective.

The building is primarily wood-framed, except for the wall between the two building phases, which is constructed of masonry to satisfy fire code requirements.  Except for the use of a common foundation at the interface between the new addition and the existing building, the two phases of the building are structurally independent.  Because the two building phases are structurally independent, the structural design of the addition included a seismic separation between the existing building and the new addition to prevent “pounding” during an earthquake.

See the article featured in The Daily Journal of Commerce here:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

By | Seismic Evaluations & Rehabilitations of Existing Buildings | No Comments

This 26,500 square-foot, wood, steel and masonry meeting house for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located in Salem, Oregon, recently underwent a complete seismic upgrade designed by Erickson Structural.  Both structural and non-structural seismic rehabilitation measures were implemented.  The seismic upgrades were designed to conform to the Basic Safety Objective of ASCE 41-06, as directed by the owner.  Erickson Structural periodically performed site observations to verify that the construction of the rehabilitation measures conformed to the construction documents.

2011 SEA NW Conference

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On September 22, 2011, Brandon Erickson appeared as a speaker at the SEA NW Conference, “These Changing Times,” hosted by the Structural Engineers Association of Washington Spokane and South Central Chapters.  Brandon’s presentation was entitled “Seismic Upgrades Using Center Coring: An Introduction and Case Study.”

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