with USGS approved recording accelerographs. USGS
developed guidelines and a guide specification for Federal
The requirements for the geotechnical engineering
investigation and report are listed in Appendix A:
The guidelines describe the locations and the types of
instruments used for several "typical" buildings. Typical
costs were also developed for existing buildings. The
Footings shall not project beyond property lines.
Federal Buildings), Special GSA/USGS project, USGS
Project No: 0-7460-68170, can be downloaded as a PDF
All nonstructural elements, components and equipment
file at http://nsmp.wr.usgs.gov/celebi/gsa_report_
located within a building or on the site must be anchored
and/or braced to withstand gravity, wind, seismic,
temperature, and other loads as required by IBC for new
buildings and FEMA 356 for existing buildings.
The W.F. Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City is the first federal building to use buckling-restrained brace technology.
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4.4 Structural Considerations
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