College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Architectural Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Architectural Engineering



Primary Advisor

Anahid Behrouzi, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Architectural Engineering Department


Since 2004, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has hosted the undergraduate Seismic Design Competition to promote the study of earthquake engineering. This year, a team of students from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo competed against 36 other colleges and universities from across the world in the 19th annual competition, virtual for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This report summarizes and expands on the material prepared by the 2021 team to guide the exploration of the implementation of an addition to an existing hospital that needs retrofitting. This includes the potential design sequence that could be implemented to complete such a project in the real world from research to analysis and design. Furthermore, this report highlights the depth of interdisciplinary subjects that this competition demands of participating teams and hopes to spark interest in other undergraduate students to participate in the competition.

Design Prompt:

The mayor of Seattle, WA is making a plea to acquire urgent funds to increase hospital space to keep up with the healthcare demand arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since there is a pressing need for space, an existing hospital structure in the Greater Seattle Area was chosen to expand with a proposed vertical extension that would increase patient capacity, with possibility of a seismic retrofit based on a performance assessment.

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