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Seismic Design Guidelines (for Engineers & Architects)

Project Management

The location of Stanford's campus adjacent to major active earthquake faults warrants a high level of consideration for seismic performance. Stanford recognizes the importance of seismic engineering in the design of new facilities and in the retrofit of existing facilities. The purpose of the Seismic Design Guidelines ("the guidelines") is to document Stanford's approach for the analysis and design of new and existing facilities on campus. Specifically, the guidelines set a facilities classification and related performance levels for Stanford's buildings to address the following three overall University earthquake performance goals:

  1. Protection of life safety for the Stanford Community
  2. Secure our critical infrastructure and facilities
  3. Resume the teaching and research program

Following are the seismic guidelines and applicable reports to be utilized by consultants designing new buildings or renovations at Stanford:

Title & Summary Type
Seismic Design Guidelines, January 2020 Guidelines

2019 Update to the Site-Specific Seismic Hazard Analyses and Development of Seismic Design Ground Motions 
January 2020 LCI Report

Reports and Plans


Project Management