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Seismic Design Guidelines (for Engineers & Architects)

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The location of Stanford's campus adjacent to major active earthquake faults warrants a high level of consideration for seismic performance. Stanford recognizes the importance of seismic engineering in the design of new facilities and in the retrofit of existing facilities. The purpose of the Seismic Design Guidelines ("the guidelines") is to document Stanford's approach for the analysis and design of new and existing facilities on campus.

Specifically, the guidelines set a facilities classification and related performance levels for Stanford's buildings to address the University's earthquake performance goals.

Overall Earthquake Performance Goals:

  1. Protection of life safety for the Stanford Community
  2. Secure our critical infrastructure and facilities
  3. Resume the teaching and research program


Below are the seismic guidelines and applicable reports to be utilized by consultants designing new buildings or renovations at Stanford.

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Seismic Design Guidelines, January 2023Seismic guidelines to be utilized by consultants designing new buildings or renovations at Stanford
2019 Update to the Site-Specific Seismic Hazard Analyses and Development of Seismic Design Ground MotionsLettis Consultants International (LCI) Report, January 2020