Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2022.


Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

First Advisor

Tonya Nilsson


Santa Clara University has always strived to create a healthy and safe learning environment for students and faculty. The curriculum taught at the University empowers students, faculty, and staff to build a more humane, just, and safe world. With safety at the forefront of engineering ethics it is imperative that this is not only taught in our classrooms but also showcased in our campus infrastructure. Our project seeks to conduct a seismic retrofit for Saint Joseph Hall, a building that has served the Bronco community for over 100 years. In this paper we will discuss our investigation of old campus buildings. We will also illustrate the different methods of seismic mitigation we looked at and explain our reasoning for designing shear walls. We will also cover our load calculations and design to address seismic deficiencies. Finally we will conclude with our recommendation to the University based on our discoveries and what we learned from conducting this project.