College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Philip Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


In Los Angeles, many of the hospitals are no longer up to code as they were built in the 1970’s. The shear walls that the hospitals were constructed on stand to experience major failures in the event of a seismic event and this is the issue that this student research team was assigned with. This project was to design, procure, and construct all necessary constraints to be able to test a wall that is fundamentally similar to that of the sheer walls in these hospitals. Once this was complete the goal was to test two walls with an added FRP wrap and see if this provided an adequate solution to bring the walls up to code in a cost and time effective way. This paper details the steps, construction and procurement wise, so that another research team may take this project to the next level. The extent this paper reaches is that of the wall concrete pour in which a form blowout was experienced that left the team with a wall but no longer the means or funds to do anymore work.

Espitia PB SP19.pdf (1834 kB)
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