**FREE FOR DOWNLOAD** An electronic copy of this report is available from the FEMA library.
The ATC-56 (FEMA 389) report, Primer for Design Professionals: Communicating with Owners and Managers of New Buildings on Earthquake Risk, was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the ATC-56 project. (Published 2004, 196 pages).
ABSTRACT: This report has been developed to facilitate the process of educating building owners and managers about seismic risk management tools that can be effectively and economically employed by them during the building development phasefrom site selection through design and constructionas well as the operational phase. Written principally for design professionals (architects and structural engineers), the document introduces and discusses (1) seismic risk management and the means to develop a risk management plan; (2) guidance for identifying and assessing earthquake-related hazards during the site selection process; (3) emerging concepts in performance-based seismic design; and (4) seismic design and performance issues related to six specific building occupanciescommercial office facilities, commercial retail facilities, light manufacturing facilities, healthcare facilities, local schools (kindergarten through grade 12), and higher education facilities (universities).
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