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Concrete Coalition. Identify dangerous concrete buildings and fix them. Background. EERI/PEER seminars on concrete Discussion groups in SF, LA, and Seattle EERI and NEHRP Coalition Senior Advisory Panel Initial planning effort Exploring funding possibilities. The “Problem”.

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Concrete Coalition

Identify dangerous concrete buildings and fix them.


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Background

  • EERI/PEER seminars on concrete

  • Discussion groups in SF, LA, and Seattle

  • EERI and NEHRP Coalition

  • Senior Advisory Panel

  • Initial planning effort

  • Exploring funding possibilities


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The “Problem”

  • Some concrete buildings constructed before the 1970’s might be dangerous.

  • Where are they ?

  • Which ones are dangerous ?


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The “Solution”

  • Find them.

  • Use FEMA 356.

  • Fix them.


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Another “Problem”

  • Client receiving the news about the retrofit and its cost:

    You can’t be serious !


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The Real Problems

  • We don’t really know the risks in terms of deaths, dollars, and downtime.

  • Current technical procedures cannot distinguish between “suspects” and real killers.

  • The currently implied costs are unacceptably high.


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The Real Solutions

  • Define the risks in quantifiable terms.

  • Develop improved technical procedures and innovative retrofit measures.

  • Engage stakeholders for socially and economically acceptable implementation strategies.


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Mission

  • Provide the leadership to reduce risks posed by collapse-prone concrete buildings by advocating for:

    • Improved technical knowledge to identify truly dangerous buildings.

    • Development of economical retrofit measures to prevent collapse.

    • Engagement of the broader community to ensure socially acceptable solutions.


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Initial Participants

  • EERI (overall mangement and coordination)

  • PEER (technical resources)

  • ATC (guidelines development)

  • Structural engineering community

  • Local building officials

  • Public policy experts

  • Architects


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Essential outreach

  • Building owners and managers

  • Governmental agencies and institutions

  • Public policy makers

  • Insurance and lending professionals


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Anticipated Coalition Activities

  • Establish web-based information clearing house.

  • Assemble local/regional inventory and hazard data.

  • Facilitate regional risk assessments.

  • Develop critical research agenda.

  • Maintain public relations.

  • Advocate for necessary funding and political support.


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