Seismic Evaluations
Over the past 40 years, Ehlen Spiess & Haight, Inc. has been involved in the seismic evaluation of building structures. The types of buildings evaluated have ranged from one-story wood frame to six-story cast-in-place concrete structures. The evaluations include a detailed seismic analysis of the building utilizing static, and/or dynamic analysis procedures, identifying critical elements and potential falling hazards. In performing these evaluations, we have utilized current methodologies including the NEHRP Handbook for the Seismic Evaluation of Existing Buildings, which is the basis for the evaluation of acute care hospital buildings mandated by Senate Bill 1953. Seismic evaluations completed to date include the following:
  • Arroyo Grande Community Hospital
  • El Encanto Hotel
  • Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
  • Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara
  • Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital
  • UCSB – Biological Science, Unit II
  • UCSB – Ellison Hall
  • UCSB – Engineering I Building
  • UCSB – Girvetz Hall
  • UCSB – Public Safety Building
  • UCSB – Robertson Gymnasium
  • UCSB – Student Health Service Building
Seismic Renovation Projects
In addition to performing seismic evaluations, Ehlen Spiess & Haight, Inc. is involved in the seismic renovation of buildings. Completed projects include:
  • Applied Magnetics Corporation (Goleta)
  • De la Guerra Dining Commons, UC Santa Barbara
  • Engineering Research Center (Goleta)
  • News-Press Office Complex (Santa Barbara)
  • Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Santa Barbara)