The new San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center withstanding an 8.0 magnitude earthquake





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Published on Oct 13, 2010

This is a video depiction of the new San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center during an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. The new SFGH will be the first hospital in the city built on a base-isolated foundation -- the most advanced, seismically-resistant design known today.

Please note: The video has been exaggerated for design purposes.

About the Rebuild:
The new 460,000 square-foot building, scheduled for completion in 2015, will be nine stories (seven stories above ground and two below) and house 284 inpatient beds, 32 more beds than the current hospital. The new building will feature a state-of-the-art environment including patient care areas which have been designed to reduce errors and infections and improve quality and nursing care. The $887.4 million hospital will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and will feature a seismically-resistant design allowing the hospital building to glide 30 inches in any direction, in the event of an earthquake. The new hospital will be the hub of San Francisco's health care emergency response, housing the Department of Public Health's Departmental Operations Center, which coordinates all medical responses for the city.

Video credit: San Francisco Department of Public Works

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