Alice Arts Center

Oakland, CA



   The Alice Arts Center was built in 1928 as a women's club, constructed of steel frames and concrete walls and floors with some unreinforced masonry. The building was converted to public use as a performing arts center. 

   The structure was irregular both vertically and in plan. The budget was limited, and life safety was the sole performance criteria. 

   The major challenges, aside from the seismic issues, were the alterations proposed for the new use. The principal seismic deficiency centered on plan irregularity and poor projected performance of the street front non-ductile walls. The solution was provided by introducing a new concrete shear wall in the interior of the building that was compatible with the new functional layout. The project was completed in 1994. 


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