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UHS Madera Behavioral Health Hospital
Sep 27, 2021 JJCA Improving the Human Experience

Building is well underway on the UHS Madera Behavioral Health Hospital in Madera, California. In fact, we recently attended the topping out ceremony for the $52.5 million project expected to be completed sometime next year.

The 128-bed hospital will take advantage of beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range views, and will include four activity courtyards, infusing major hallways with natural light.  As architects who design projects in nearly every state in the country (47 to be exact) we understand the importance of designing for the unique characteristics of a region. In California, of course, it is for earthquakes. Pictured in the post header is an anchor bolt!

And pictured below are BRBs: buckling restrained braces, cross bracing steel encased with a square tube filled with concrete. The steel provides the tension resistance but in a high seismic zone the concern becomes resistance to buckling so this composite cross section addresses that.


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