Challenges:The building successfully combines an expression of a stylized and functional architectural form, with implementation of structural innovation through the use
of long-span steel-framed floors and a Buckling Restrained Braced Frame (BRBF) lateral force resisting system.
Some of the challenges met by the project team were minimizing structural footprints to maximize floor space and enhancing seismic performance. This project had an aggressive construction schedule that included rigorous multiagency review in all phases of the project while obtaining LEED Silver Certification.
Solution:The BRBF system provides an enhanced building performance in resisting large magnitude seismic events with minimal damage, and is one of the tallest applications of the lateral system for new buildings in a high seismic region within the United States. It is also known as being one of the first new building projects approved for construction by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety where BRBFs are the primary lateral force-resisting components.
This building has been accredited LEED Gold.