Pacific, MO (April 7, 2005)–Lowell Seismic Series racks and cabinets have now been qualified for use in essential facilities under the IBC 2003 Building Code, which ensures the survival and operability of critical equipment following a seismic event. This qualification is in addition to Lowell’s existing seismic certifications for anchorage under the UBC & CBC Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 seismic design provisions that provide life-safety protection for building occupants from cabinets falling over or obstructing egress routes.
Lowell’s seismic installation package provides all the necessary documentation required for submission, which means a structural engineer will not be required to perform the seismic calculation for each cabinet and rack location in a building or to generate the quality assurance documents (seismic calculations, installation drawings, and quality assurance plan for special inspections) required by the building official or applicable authority having jurisdiction.
Lowell’s document package, certified by an outside professional engineering (P.E.) firm, reportedly satisfies the technical seismic and quality assurance requirements of the IBC for facilities with an importance factor of 1.5 and ground motion levels (spectral acceleration) up to 3.0 Gs.
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