Seismic Bracing

“Reinforcement added to building elements such as furniture or laboratory equipment that increases the capability to remain upright, mounted, and/or in place during seismic activity”

WHY IS IT NECESSARY

“Unlike most other natural disaster events, earthquakes have no season and they can cause devastation any time of the year without warning”- disastersafety.org

During an earthquake, large items such as tall bookcases, refrigerators, file cabinets, gas cylinders, and monitors can fall. Toppled items can block exits, as well as cause injuries to occupants. Seismic bracing such as anchors, latches, display mounting brackets, fasteners, and straps can help keep furniture and valuable research equipment upright, which not only helps protect both the item and its contents, but can help prevent injuries.

Facilities Services recognizes that it is important to know what our customers value.  Our goal is to clearly communicate the process, define responsibilities & roles, with the hope of improving the customer experience. To streamline the approval process, we have partnered with Capital Programs, EH&S, and the State Fire Marshal to for specific types of seismic bracing projects. Please see the two most common approaches below:

process simpler

          longer seismic process

Equipment/Furniture meeting the requirements from the pre-engineered details can be installed by Facilities Services without a formal permit(Process 1): Other equipment/furniture not meeting the requirements from the pre-engineering details and/or within buildings not listed below can also be seismically braced, but must follow the approach illustrated below:

APPROVED BUILDINGS

Presently there are 11 approved buildings where equipment/furniture meeting the requirements from the pre-engineered details can be installed by Facilities Services without a formal permit. Please see the specific seismic floor/wall properties in the linked PDFs below:

  • Byers Hall (MB)
  • CVRB (MB)
  • Genentech Hall (MB)
  • Helen Diller (MB)
  • Rock Hall (MB)
  • Dental Center(PN)
  • Health Science East (PN)
  • Health Science West (PN)
  • IRM (PN)
  • Koret Vision (PN)
  • Medical Science (PN)
  • Other equipment/furniture not meeting the requirements from the pre-engineering details and/or within buildings not listed above can also be seismically braced, but must have a formal permit.

    COMPONENTS THAT REQUIRE BRACING

  • Floor or counter mounted items 100+ lb
  • Wall mounted or suspended items 20+ lb
  • Items containing hazardous material
  • Items with the potential to block exit routes
  • Items, or material within, critical to the university’s operations (as determined by users)
  • Items, or material within, of high value (as determined by users)
  • Furniture   (5+ Feet in Height or Height/Depth ratio is greater than 3:1)

  • *Exception: mobile items moved at least once every 8 hours do not require seismic bracing, such as the mobile displays illustrated below:

    example mobile displays
    PRE-ENGINEERED DETAILS FOR EQUIPMENT / FURNITURE
    FIRE & LIFE SAFETY CHECKLIST

    The following items are identified as issues that should not be effected in the scope of any non-structural seismic safety upgrades for a general permit. If any of these items are to be effected by the scope of the project, then the scope of the project shall reflect each issue and will require fire marshal review approval prior to the start of an installation.

  • Does the intended work/upgrade include the removal of fire proofing to any structural components currently equipped with fire proofing/insulation?

    Work identified already requires the contractor to restore fire proofing to the same condition as originally approved with the design of the building. Scope shall be reflected on construction documents.

  • Have fire rated partitions, barriers, walls, smoke barriers, or shafts been altered, modified, or penetrated? (This does not include hardware attachments that do not require the removal of the fire resistive plane.)

    (  )  Fire resistive plane of the wall shall be maintained or repaired in accordance with the rated assembly of the fire rated wall. Note shall be reflected on construction documents.
    (  )  Penetrations shall be sealed with an approved fill, void, or cavity material utilizing an approved through-penetration firestop system. Note shall be reflected on construction documents and include appropriate details.

  • Does the intended work or equipment effect, hinder, obstruct, or narrow the exit egress system including work or items exposed to the egress path?

    (  )  All work and equipment shall ensure a clear 36 inch unobstructed path shall be maintained. 44 inch minimal width shall be adhered to for all hallways, corridor, and stairs. Note shall be reflected on construction documents.
    (  )  All work and equipment shall ensure that exit and exit access doors shall be able to maintain the full door swing as installed. Note shall be reflected on construction documents.
    (  )  All work and equipment shall consider UCSF’s Facilities Fall Prevention criteria in its installation. Note shall be reflected on construction documents.

  • Does the work or installation effect the normal fire sprinkler spray pattern by blocking, hindering, or located within 18 inches of a fire sprinkler head?

    A modification of the fire sprinkler system will occur under this permit (or be conducted under a separate fire and life safety annual permit). Scope and note shall be reflected on construction documents.

  • Does the work or installation effect the normal access or performance to the fire alarm system by blocking, obstructing, or covering fire alarm components?

    A modification of the fire alarm system will occur under this permit (or be conducted under a separate fire and life safety annual permit). Scope and note shall be reflected on construction documents.

  • CLICK HERE to see a PDF copy of the Annual Permit/Checklist.

    INTERESTED IN DIGITAL SIGNAGE?

    digital signage example

    Campus Life Services, Business & Technology Solutions supports a growing network of digital signs for campus organizations to broadcast news and information throughout UCSF or target specific campus locations.

    Ask about posting your content or how they can help you install and manage a sign of your own. They can connect you to a robust and secure signage network to support your signage needs.

    For more information visit CLS Business & Technology Solutions.
    PRICING

    Seismic Bracing of equipment typically ranges from $500-$1000 (Tanks, cabinets, shelves, & freezers )

    *Price ranges are based on previous jobs and should only be used as a guide. Other variables may increase or decrease the actual cost of the job. Formal estimates can always be provided when requested.

    Note, content on this page is current as of 11/12/2019