In the healthcare industry, seismic bracing ensures that HVAC, electrical, and sprinkler systems stay in place during earthquake activity. With hundreds and thousands of patients and staff under one roof, the risk of disaster increases with every broken pipe or fractured duct. We know that bracing for earthquakes is crucial to the safety of buildings, but more importantly, it also continues to save lives.
Seismic bracing cable is the best earthquake bracing option due to its easy-to-install properties, alongside ability to comply with all the necessary industry standards. Seismic bracing is particularly useful in hospitals as it does not require a wide range of heavy equipment or crew members. Moving hospital patients is difficult enough, but if you use rigid bracing to complete retrofit bracing installations, the downtimes and total costs will be enormous. In contrast, seismic bracing can be installed by only one crew member, as the cable unlike rigid pipe bracing is very easy to carry and can be quickly cut to your desired length for the securing of applications.
More important than the cost and installation time savings, seismic bracing cable saves lives. There are multiple examples of hospitals that have fully collapsed due to catastrophic earthquakes over the years. The damage in critical areas such as hospitals can cause serious injuries or deaths when patients cannot be evacuated. While bracing does not remove 100% of damage occurrence, seismic bracing strongly improves your infrastructure and will hold up to much stronger environmental forces than buildings would without seismic bracing installed.
Our seismic bracing cable has been installed and used successfully in a wide range of hospital buildings across the globe. If you are interested in learning more about the applications that seismic bracing supports, you can check out our high-rise architecture page here or our low-rise architecture page here. Alternatively, go to our product page to check out our seismic bracing cable options.