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Constructing mass timber buildings to withstand Seattle-area earthquakes

A team of University of Washington researchers recently tested whether a 10-story, timber constructed building could survive a simulated Seattle-area earthquake. The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) TallWood project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is a collaborative effort between university researchers and engineering firms. The exercise, which was the world’s tallest building to be tested on a shake table, is intended to pave the way for more widespread use of mass timber — layers of wood…

Building cross-border collaborations with the University of British Columbia

The Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) runs from Northern California to Vancouver, Canada, and has the potential to unleash a magnitude 9 earthquake and an accompanying tsunami that would devastate the Pacific Northwest. To address the health ramifications of this and other regional catastrophes, affected communities must develop resilience with the support of collaborative and innovative research that spans state and international borders. In September 2023, representatives of the University of Washington Center for Disaster Resilient Communities (CDRC) traveled to Vancouver,…