The landmark San Francisco Hibernia Bank building recently underwent an ambitious historic renovation and seismic retrofit. First constructed in 1892, with a major addition just a few years later, the stone and brick masonry building is dominated by prominent fluted granite column shafts seen from Market, Jones and McAllister Streets. The building was designed by École des Beaux-Arts trained architect Albert Pissis and partner William Moore, winners of a national design competition held in 1889. The building served as headquarters for the Hibernia Bank for more than 90 years, was briefly used as a police department substation, and then was left vacant for a decade. In the late 2000s a new owner took on the sizable task of renovating the building to once again allow occupancy. Renovations introduced improved fire safety, access, egress, and seismic safety, while leaving the historically significant interiors and exteriors virtually undisturbed. This presentation will give an overview of the renovations, and discuss the seismic retrofit approach and techniques include center-coring of masonry walls and CFRP reinforcing of diaphragms. Considerations unique to historic preservation projects will be highlighted.
Kelly Cobeen is an Associate Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, San Francisco office. Kelly has had extensive involvement in development of seismic design standards, guidelines, and building code provisions, and was engineer of record for this project.
Terrence Paret is a Senior Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, San Francisco office. Terry has extensive experience in seismic assessment, evaluation, and retrofit, including a number of landmark historic structures.
Owen Rosenboom is a Senior Associate with Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, San Francisco office. Owen has extensive experience with seismic evaluation and retrofit, with special expertise in retrofit using fiber reinforced polymer systems.
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San Francisco, 94105
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