San Francisco International Airport Terminal
San Francisco’s International Airport Terminal was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to resist a magnitude 8 earthquake on the nearby San Andreas Fault.
 
The 267 Friction PendulumTM seismic isolation bearings protect this landmark building from the severe ground shaking that occurs during a major earthquake. Seismic isolation provided the lowest construction cost for achieving the desired seismic performance.
 
Use of Friction PendulumTM bearings instead of elastomeric bearings, allowed a reduction in column and beam sizes, which saved an additional 680 tons of structural steel.
 
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