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Hospital in Istanbul Equipped with 2,068 Seismic Isolators

17 March 2023
Serdar Binzet, the Engineering Group President of Rönesans Holding, who supervised the construction of Başakşehir Çam and Sakura City Hospital, which is equipped with 2,068 seismic isolators, answered questions in a recent interview about the crucial importance of seismic isolators when it comes to building safety

Following the devastating earthquakes centered in Kahramanmaraş that affected 11 provinces, Turkey began to question the earthquake resistance of its buildings. Seismic isolators played a critical role in saving lives by keeping structures standing during the recent earthquakes. Several hospitals in the earthquake zone, including Adana City Training and Research Hospital, Kahramanmaraş Necip Fazıl City Hospital, and Elazığ Fethi Sekin City Hospital, remained intact thanks to seismic isolators.

The vast metropolis of İstanbul, where experts have frequently sounded the alarm about its buildings' lack of earthquake readiness, is home to the world's largest hospital with seismic isolators; Başakşehir Çam and Sakura City Hospital, built by Rönesans Holding, features 2,068 seismic isolators, making it one of the safest buildings in the city. In an interview with Sibel Atik from Ekonomist, Serdar Binzet, the Engineering Group President of Rönesans Holding, explained the technical features of the hospital and answered questions regarding the merits of seismic isolators.

Binzet addressed three important questions about seismic isolators.
1. Should seismic isolators be used in every building?
2. In which buildings should seismic isolators be mandatory?
3. Are seismic isolators expensive to install

Source: Ekonomist

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