1000 Lenora Square
The six-story Arts Building is a concrete frame building, built
in 1929. Beautiful flared columns are prominent. In 2001, voluntary seismic
rehabilitation was undertaken along with other major renovations.
Pall Friction Dampers were found to be an ideal solution for the seismic upgrade of this building. Two friction dampers are provided at the apex of each chevron bracing. The architects have boldly exposed friction dampers and steel bracing in front of perimeter windows as they add to the aesthetics.
Luckily, the seismic upgrade for this building was very timely. Seismic upgrade commenced in the fall of 2000. The Nisqually Earthquake of magnitude 6.8, happened to be on February 28, 2001. The epicenter was about 30 miles. There was no damage to this building.