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October 22, 2007 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
About the presenter:
Mr. Kunimoto is a structural engineer, registered in BC, Washington State and California where he gained more than 20 years of experience with seismic requirements for buildings and structural requirements for the envelope. The two most powerful earthquakes hit California during Mr. Kunimoto’s residency in the State. The assessment of the resulting building failures provided invaluable knowledge to engineers and architects about the seismic characteristics of old and recently-built structures. Since returning to Vancouver to
assume control of Kunimoto Engineering, his father’s practice, he has provided structural consulting on a large number of building envelope remediation projects as well as new construction.
About the Topic:
The presentation will discuss earthquakes and the building envelope. The first portion of the presentation will look at the damage observed in bridges, parking structures and buildings after the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. The second portion will look at an overview of some typical problems found in building construction that would likely have reduced the severity of the seismic damage. The last portion of the presentation will look at the building envelope remediation work from a structural perspective. Dan’s work with primary and secondary structural support for our building enclosures underscores the need to integrate the envelope’s structural design with its other requirements to achieve performance and durability.