Designed by Moon Mayoras, with structural engineering performed by Degenkolb Engineers, The Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center was awarded the 2006 Structural Engineering Excellence Award for Conventional Technology in New Construction by the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD). The SEAOSD, an authoritative world leader in structural and earthquake engineering, recognizes association members each year that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in creative design, technical innovation, best practices, and demonstrated contributions to the public and/or the profession through project work. Recipients of the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards serve as models of excellence in structural engineering representing local structural engineers.
The three-story hospital in Carson City, Nevada, was designed for a Zone 4 earthquake. Although steel braced frames were originally proposed, the facility was re-designed to incorporate the unconventional use of concrete tilt-up walls, which allowed for an open and flexible interior plan and increased window opening availability. The 83-foot-tall tilt-up walls were among the largest in the United States, weighing up to 292,000 pounds.
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