Seismic Design for Kiosk for Westfield Centre in San Francisco!

One would think by just looking at the pictures that this is just your average Kiosk that you see everyday in you local malls, however this one is a little different. ?This particular Kiosk had to be designed with seismic design for the Westfield Shopping Centre in the heart of San Francisco. ?When taking on this project I have to say there was some?skepticism, however with determination and pride, we were able to complete the project on schedule.

The essence of successful seismic design is three-fold:

  • First, the design team must take a multi-hazard approach towards design that accounts for the potential impacts of seismic forces as well as all the major hazards to which an area is vulnerable.
  • Second, performance-based requirements, which may exceed the minimum life safety requirements of current seismic codes, must be established to respond appropriately to the threats and risks posed by natural hazards.
  • Third, and as important as the others, because earthquake forces are dynamic and responds according to its own design complexity, it is essential that the design team work collaboratively and have a common understanding of the terms and methods used in the seismic design process, it is also important to figure out what equipment will be necessary. In this case, a steam generator was one of the main tools needed.

Westfield San Francisco Centre Showcases
The City’s Architectural Heritage du kan kolla h?r

Visitors from around the world who step into Westfield San Francisco?Centre marvel at its inspired design, effortless sophistication and world-class shopping,entertainment and dining. Located just two blocks from famed Union Square on San Francisco’s?Market Street, this iconic destination is located on the site of the historic former Emporium?Department Store, a structure built in 1896 and once hailed as the “Grandest Mercantile Building in?the World” with its signature Beaux-Art grand fa?ade and elegant glass dome.

This is what the customer had to say:

“I wanted to let everyone at New Tech Metals know that without your hard work, this would have just been another “cool sketch” that didn’t quite make it to the production line.? We truly could not have done it without you.? In fact, New Tech was the only company (out of about 15) to even consider the challenge. ?On behalf of everyone at RCS (who are completely blown away by this one of a kind fixture) thank you.”



Metal Finishing


Polishing?and?buffing, as well as sandblasting, are finishing processes for smoothing a workpiece’s surface using an abrasive and a work wheel. Technically polishing?refers to processes that use an abrasive that is glued to the work wheel, while?buffing?uses a loose abrasive applied to the work wheel. Polishing is a more aggressive process while buffing is less harsh, which leads to a smoother, brighter finish.???A common misconception is that a polished surface has a mirror bright finish, however most mirror bright finishes are actually buffed. ?Polishing is often used to enhance the looks of an item, prevent contamination of instruments, remove oxidation, create a reflective surface, or prevent corrosion in pipes.??In?metallography?and?metallurgy, polishing is used to create a flat, defect

Vibratory Finishing?is a type of?mass finishing?manufacturing?process used to?deburr, radius, descale,?burnish, clean, and brighten a large number of relatively small workpieces.?Vibratory finishing systems tend to produce a smooth finish because the media essentially?laps?the parts.-free surface for examination of a metal’s?micro-structure?under a microscope. Silicon-based polishing pads or a diamond solution can be used in the polishing process ???????? ???????.