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Title
Seismic Design for Police and Fire Stations.
File
PB289929.pdf
Author(s)
Eberhard, J. P.; Homer, P. W.; Blackner, B. A.; Beall, B. W.; Christiansen, H.
Source
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Applied Science and Research Applications., October 1978, 305 p.
Abstract
This project attempts to explore, define, and develop seismic design considerations to be used by the architectural and public safety professions in the planning, design, construction, and operation of police and fire stations so that they can remain functional in the event of an earthquake. Specific objectives are to identify past and potential damage to police and fire facilities and their operation during earthquake disasters; identify and assess present and future facility requirements and equipment needs relative both to normal and disaster operations; identify and develop specific design considerations and alternatives for mitigation of earthquake damage/failure; and develop specific conceptual seismic design solutions for police and fire facilities. The text evaluates police and fire stations in terms of disaster operations, site design, building form, functional space criteria, nonstructural systems and components, equipment, and future trends. Emergency Operating Centers (E.O.C.) are discussed in terms of definition, program functions, program models, and analysis of a fire station/police station as an E.O.C. Also discussed are seismic renovation and multi-hazard design.
Keywords
Urban planning; Earthquake engineering; Public buildings; Police; Emergency operating centers; Seismic design; Earthquake resistant structures; Structural design; Fire departments; Design criteria; Renovating; Disasters