building inspection, evaluation screening and assessments

Yellowstone National Park Buildings

National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

JFSA assessed the potential seismic hazard of over 150 existing buildings.

Project Highlights:
Yellowstone National Park Buildings
Glacier National Park Buildings
Rapid Visual Screening
No. 1, 3, & 4

Yellowstone National Park Buildings

National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

JFSA assessed the potential seismic hazard of over 150 existing buildings.

Project Highlights:
  • Inspected over 150 existing buildings by applying the methodology described in the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (FEMA 154 and 155)
  • Buildings types included unreinforced stone masonry, reinforced masonry, concrete moment resisting frame, concrete shear wall, light metal, wood frame, and log, ranging in age from the 1890’s to the 1990’s
  • Guidelines of FEMA 178 and 310 were used to determine the anticipated seismic performance of the structures. Deficiencies were documented and recommended retrofits were presented for each building

Glacier National Park Buildings

National Park Service
Glacier National Park, Montana

To ensure the safety of park employees and visitors JFSA inspected 24 structures for seismic hazards.

Project Highlights:
  • Inspected 24 structures throughout the park for seismic hazards in accordance with FEMA 154 and 155
  • Structures ranged from log cabins built in the 1900’s, to the visitor lodges, to the concrete Park Headquarters built in the 1960’s
  • The Saint Mary Visitor Center and the Logan Pass Visitor Center required an additional evaluation due to the number of visitors accessing these structures throughout the year

Rapid Visual Screening

Crater Lake National Park,
Oregon

JFSA inspected seven existing buildings at Crater Lake National Park. This study applied the methodology developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (FEMA reports 154 and 155) to a broad spectrum of park buildings.

Project Highlights:
  • Building types included unreinforced stone masonry, reinforced masonry and heavy timber framing with construction dates ranging from 1933 to 1963.
  • Buildings varied in use, from residential single-family homes and dormitories to administration buildings providing operations centers for park management, safety and security.