Industry Practices Questioned After Girder Fractures at Salesforce Transit Center

Construction worker salute carrying girder

A brouhaha over the blame for the girder fractures that shuttered the three-story transit hub last Sept. 25.

April 10, 2019
Nadine M. Post - Engineering News-Record

Attendees of a recent presentation on the earthquake-resistant structure of San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center—intended to provide a safe haven when the Big One hits—lauded the engineering of the 4.5-block-long hollow tube that supports the 1.2-million-sq-ft “groundscraper.” But there also was much talk of the project’s black eye, as a consequence of brittle fractures of the bottom flanges of two bridge-like built-up plate girders that span 87 ft over Fremont Street.

Ms. Post may be contacted at postn@enr.com



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