August 2020 Monthly Meeting

Aug 4 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Implementation of Seismic Isolation for Historic Retrofits: A Case Study of the Oregon Supreme Court Renovation Project


Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.


Geoff Bomba, SE


Seismic base isolation is a technology that is used to enhance the seismic performance of buildings and renovate existing buildings. The use of base isolation will be discussed as well as its benefits to new and historic structures. As a case study, the historic Oregon Supreme Court renovation will be discussed and it's use of base isolation to improve the seismic performance and save this historic structure from significant damage.

Geoff is a Principal and licensed structural engineer with Forell/Elsesser Engineers in San Francisco, California. He has over 17 years of experience in the structural engineering design and implementation of seismic design and renovation of existing structures. His experience includes various projects across all market sectors including historic renovation using seismic isolation. Geoff’s involvement with architecturally expressive structural designs that have unique forms provide additional experience and knowledge for his projects.