Southwest Washington should join its neighbor Portland by making building seismic safety a higher priority. Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, poses the argument for increased seismic upgrade requirements in an article published in the Vancouver Business Journal’s October 6, 2017 edition.
Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, describes the current state of affairs and offers possible solutions in his article “Engineering a fix for America’s aging infrastructure” published in the Vancouver Business Journal on April 14, 2017. Click here to read the complete article.
Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, describes the differences between prescriptive seismic upgrades and engineered seismic upgrades and offers information regarding the “pros” and “cons” for each methodology in his article “Understanding Earthquake Retrofit Strategies” published in the Vancouver Business Journal on December 2, 2016. Click here to read the complete article.
Providence Academy Building – Vancouver, WA
Erickson Structural is working with Wilson Associates Architect and Planners and the Fort Vancouver National Trust to renovate the historic Providence Academy building located in downtown Vancouver, Washington. This iconic structure is a multi-story, unreinforced masonry (URM) commercial building originally constructed circa 1873. The renovation project is characterized by the restoration of exterior decks, roof replacement and a seismic upgrade.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.
Governor Jay Insley, who signed a supplemental capital budget that secured the funds for the project, recently toured the Providence Academy building. Click here for the complete article published in the Columbian on October 23, 2016.
Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, and Paul Davis Restoration owner, Justin Graham, want building owners and tenants to know these five things before disaster strikes…find out what they are in the Vancouver Business Journal article “Recovering From a Property Damage Loss” . Click here to read the article.
Amber Corsen has been employed at Erickson Structural as an Engineer in Training/Designer since 2012. Amber recently passed the Washington State Professional Engineer exam and is now a professional engineer. Amber has been promoted from Designer to Design Engineer. Congratulations Amber!
On May 16, 2016, Brandon Erickson, principal at Erickson Structural, lectured at Portland State University (PSU) on the subject “Forensic Structural Engineering Case Studies.” Brandon has been lecturing PSU students annually on this subject since 2013.
Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, was interviewed by the Vancouver Business Journal for their article “Seismic Upgrades & the Mega Earthquake” for his professional opinions regarding how business and building owners can prepare for the pending mega earthquake. Click here to read the full article.
Erickson Structural was retained to analyze the Penthouse parking garage ceiling slab of the Wailea Beach Villas in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, to determine the cause(s) of cracking in the conventionally reinforced portion of the ceiling slab and to recommend repairs for the slab, which included epoxy crack repair and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) installation. Erickson Structural was retained for the final development of epoxy crack repair specifications and the design of the FRP strengthening repair scheme for the underside of the Wailea Beach Villas Penthouse parking garage ceiling. Contech Services, Inc. worked in conjunction with Erickson Structural to install the FRP to the underside of the parking garage ceiling slab and to inject epoxy into the cracks of the conventionally reinforced portion of the ceiling slab per Erickson Structural’s design and specifications. Click here for an article by Contech Services, Inc. describing their involvement in the project.
Erickson Structural recently completed a major restoration project for Kihei Surfside Ocean Front Resort Condominiums in Kihei, Hawaii, which included replacement of windows and lanai railings, structural strengthening of 10 elevated, large lanais utilizing fiber reinforced polymer (FRP), spalling repairs and restoration of the multi-story concrete structural columns and reinforcing steel within the columns. The building was temporarily shored while the columns were repaired allowing other trades to continue working on the building. Click here to read the appreciation letter we received from our client.