New Earthquake Engineering Lab creates a stir with grand opening, new research

3 projects in the shake lab

In spring of 2014, the new lab ran three simultaneous projects on three different shake tables, showing the versatility of the space for both multi-table projects and concurrent projects.

At a Glance

31,000 square feet in the new building, including:

  • 9,600 square foot high-bay laboratory
  • 2 remotely controlled 30-ton bridge cranes
  • 140 seat auditorium to be equipped with video wall and broadband Internet technologies
  • 400 channels of data acquisition
  • $15 million worth of shake tables
  • 3 biaxial shake tables
  • 1 six-degree-of-freedom shake table

8,000 square feet of useable space in the existing Large-Scale Structures Laboratory

15,000 square foot fabrication yard

This year, the University completed a four-year, $19 million project to expand its earthquake engineering research facilities. The new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory was completed in May 2013, and laboratory staff began the six-month-long process of disassembling and relocating the shake tables to the new lab.

The first experiment in the new lab was performed in March and the lab held its grand opening in June.

With the new building, the University's two structural engineering labs comprise the largest and most versatile earthquake engineering facility in the United States. The expansion offers offices, a state-of-the-art control room, and an auditorium with telecommunication features to share knowledge with earthquake engineering researchers around the world.

Researchers at the facility conduct cutting-edge research, testing new designs and materials that will make buildings, bridges and highways safer.

The engineering program provides access to agencies and private industry to help them be successful in their product and infrastructure development while providing exceptional educational opportunities for students and workforce development for industry.