U.S. Embassy – Dubai

Working with Page Southerland Page, Hinman provided blast, seismic consulting support to the structural engineer, and non-structural seismic consulting services and submittal reviews for the design of a new United States Embassy compound in Dubai, UAE. The project includes design of seven buildings, two of which, the 4-story New Office Building (NOB) and 2-story Marine Security Guard Quarters (MSGQ), require blast hardening at the exterior. Together, the NOB and MSGQ total approximately 100,000 square-feet of inhabitable space. The NOB and MSGQ were designed as reinforced concrete buildings which follow the typical standard embassy design. All building exterior walls and roofs were analyzed for the exterior threat at the perimeter and all element calculations were performed using Hinman’s in house design software, Blast Analysis Module (BAM). In addition to blast consulting services, Hinman also provided seismic consulting support to the structural engineer, and non-structural seismic design of architectural elements such as ceiling systems and wall partitions and provided non-structural seismic review of all mechanical and electrical building equipment seismic bracing calculations.

All building exterior walls and roofs were analyzed for the exterior threat at the perimeter and all element calculations were performed using Hinman’s in house design software, Blast Analysis Module (BAM).

At the start of the project, Hinman provided non-structural seismic design guidelines for mechanical and electrical equipment summarizing the site-specific requirements. Hinman also developed a prescriptive modular non-structural seismic design for seismic ceiling systems and interior wall partitions to be used by the architect for interior planning. These guidelines and seismic design were incorporated into the architectural drawings such that they were easily accessible to the entire design team. In the CA phase, Hinman provided review of the non-structural seismic bracing of all MEP equipment and other seismically designed elements.

With regards to blast design, exterior wall and roof elements were analyzed at each submittal and our findings were coordinated with the Structural Engineer of Record (SEOR) for incorporation into the structural drawings. We also provided the SEOR with detailing recommendations for structural elements such that all blast-resistant elements are designed for excessive deformations. Exterior architectural features such as sunshades, canopies and overhangs were also analyzed to maintain their structural integrity and not become flying debris in an earthquake and a blast event.