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Facing Vulnerabilities

Facing Vulnerabilities

November 24, 2020

Just as an earthquake reveals the most vulnerable building stock, a pandemic exposes the weaknesses in our social fabric. While the coronavirus is a shock to our collective system, its social and economic impacts are disproportionately felt by low income and communities of color, exacerbating preexisting vulnerabilities and inequalities in our community. Estructure is used […]

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Estructure Good News

Estructure Good News

September 29, 2020

” If you don’t like the news… go out and make some of your own” For those of you who have been around long enough, you will recognize this as the closing of Wes (Scoop) Nisker’s radio broadcasts on rock station KFOG “in the old days”. Like many, we have been in search of some […]

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The Other 80 Percent: Strategies for Delegating Design of Nonstructural Systems

The Other 80 Percent: Strategies for Delegating Design of Nonstructural Systems

October 24, 2019

Nonstructural systems, such as cladding, partitions, utility distribution systems, specialty components, and contents, can comprise 80% or more of the cost of a new building. Poor seismic performance of these systems can result in loss of valuable components, costly repairs, extended downtime, blocked egress, and casualties. Even in moderate earthquakes, damage to nonstructural systems can […]

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