by Joseph Nicolletti
Nicolletti, Joseph (2004). Rehabilitation of the California State Capitol. SMIP04
Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data, p. 137 - 150.
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Structural evaluation, in 1974, of the historic California State Capitol identified a
number of deficiencies in the 100-year old unreinforced masonry structure with respect
to the seismic hazard at the site. Extensive structural and functional rehabilitation of
the building was performed while retaining the historic exterior of the building and the
interior rotunda. The preliminary structural design was in accordance with the California
State Building Code, Title 24. The results of a site-specific seismicity study by the
California Department of Transportation were utilized to perform soil-structure interaction
analyses to obtain ground motion at the foundation level. Linear dynamic analyses with t
his motion provided close correlation with the preliminary design.