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Cost Analyses and Benefit Studies for Earthquake-Resistant Construction in Memphis, Tennessee



James Harris, David Bonneville, Ryan A. Kersting, John Lawson, Peter Morris


The fundamental objective of the project was to develop realistic cost premiums associated with earthquake-resistant building construction in the middle Mississippi River Valley region. An additional objective was to investigate the benefits expected from instituting modern building code provisions for seismic safety. This report provides a summary of cost analyses and benefit studies conducted on six buildings located in Memphis metropolitan area. The six selected building types were selected to be representative of construction expected in the area. Three levels of design were conducted to facilitate comparison of total construction cost and earthquake resistance.
Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR) - 14-917-26
Report Number


NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, ATC, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Earthquake Engineering, Design


Harris, J. , Bonneville, D. , Kersting, R. , Lawson, J. and Morris, P. (2013), Cost Analyses and Benefit Studies for Earthquake-Resistant Construction in Memphis, Tennessee, Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created December 17, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017