Since 1923, the Golden Bears have played football on the Hayward Fault, which runs from goal post to goal post in UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium. Seismic upgrades were necessary due to the fault’s “creep” producing numerous cracks, offsets, and gaps in the structure. The historical value of the stadium had to be considered since it was modeled on a Roman Coliseum and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The C/S Expansion Joint Cover team worked closely with HNTB to create a unique system of stair risers and treads to ensure that fans, students and athletes would be safe in a seismic event.


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