How to successfully use the California Historical Building Code: Lessons from the Mission Armory

This webinar normally comes at a cost of $30 / $40 for members and non-members respectively. Purchase the workshop on March 20th, 2020 (California Historical Building Code) and receive this program at no additional cost.

When adapting a historic building for new uses, the regular Building Code can present insurmountable challenges. Luckily, the California Historical Building Code can provide a path forward because it recognizes the importance of preserving the building’s character defining features while also addressing life safety. Through this case study of the rehabilitation of San Francisco’s grand and imposing Mission Armory, we will take a detailed dive into the successful application of the California Historical Building Code.

Following a brief overview of the project, we will look at the application of the historical code to address occupancy separation, fire ratings, open stairs, and atrium requirements. We will then review accessibility compliance which in this case study resulted in a new accessible entrance at some distance from the main entry. We will present an analysis of how the structural provisions of the code were applied and what that meant for the design of the seismic retrofit.

Finally, we will address the façade anchoring provisions of the code and how we developed a detailed façade investigation program to confirm compliance with the fall hazard requirements of the veneer anchorage provisions..

Speakers

Andrew Wolfram, Principal, TEF Design; Justin Blinn, Associate Principal, TEF Design; Jared Ellis, Senior Engineer, Holmes Structures; Ann Coleman, Principal, WJE; Chad Lannon, Fire Engineer, Holmes Fire.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the general structure and application of the California Historical Building Code.
  2. Learn about the application of Fire Protection provisions of the California Historic Building Code, using case studies.
  3. Learn about the application of Veneer façade attachment provisions of the California Historic Building Code as well as the development of a façade anchorage testing and analysis program, using case studies.
  4. Learn about the application of the Structural provisions of the California Historic Building Code, using case studies.