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The Washington Hotel and Seismic Risks

103 year old building saved by the Earthbound System.

The Washington Hotel, located at 177 East Hastings Street in Vancouver, is a masonry eight-storey Edwardian commercial structure that was built in 1812. It is one of the 13 historic structures targeted under the Single Room Occupancy initiative (Sri).

BC Housing purchased the property to convert the 84 rooms to social housing. It is scheduled to open in early 2014. Renovating versus tearing down and constructing new was not an option as new construction regulations would severely limit the number of rooms that could be built and challenge the overall viability of the project.

Buildings of this heritage pose seismic risks by today’s standards. The engineer of record had some challenges with manufactured continuous rod systems. Earthbound and Richform stepped up to the plate when others hesitated. Richform had the Earthbound team visit the site and walk through the challenges with the engineer. Along with their capabilities to provide drawings for buildings greater than six storeys, here is what Earthbound did in a one week time frame:

· Provided cost saving alternative steel beam connections;
· Provided value engineering solutions;
· Exceeded the engineer’s strict elongation requirement and design expectations.

The Engineer and the General Contractor were both satisfied with Earthbound’s fast response time, performance and application of their expertise to this project.

The Earthbound System now features the revolutionary SlackJack® and MiniJack® shrinkage compensating fasteners.

Below you will find two links that will open PDF files from our server. You can then print these to your printer and/or save these files to your computer.

SlackJack Installation Instructions
SlackJack Reset Instructions

The Earthbound System was the first holdown system with shrinkage compensation to receive an ICBO Evaluation Report in 1997 and a City of Los Angeles Research Report in 1999.

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