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The Smith-Waterhouse family on Kauai dates back 7 generations to a medical missionary who came to Hawaii in  1842.  The Stonehouse has been a family tradition for generations, with the original having been built and furnished with materials that came around the Horn at South America.  In November of 1982, Hurricane Iwa removed the roof from the Stonehouse, and Baumann Engineering designed a new roof, using what ultimately proved to be inadequate Hawaiian codes.  When Hurricane Iniki destroyed the Stonehouse in 1992, the Smith Waterhouse family approached Baumann Engineering again.  This time, Baumann consulted with hurricane wind experts at Clemson University in Florida and with tsunami wave experts in Hawaii to determine the forces he would design the experimental two-way ductile frame structure to resist.  The below grade first floor level was actually designed against the upward motion of tsunami waves, should the soil erode from the adverse conditions.  This project included the additional feature that much of the early construction work was done by architectural and engineering students from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.  The students slept in tents on the beach by night, and received practical field experience and school units for their efforts.  The project utilized the developing welded reinforcement grid that Baumann had been developing since 1987.  A local building inspector who observed the construction was quoted in a local paper: "I never thought I'd see a hurricane proof home, but...this one will still be there."

Click here to go to a thumbnail page of project pictures.  There are more than 50 thumbnails on the page, click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the photos.  Another option is to download all 50+ photos as a self-extracting zip file, you DO NOT need Zip software to unzip them.  They will automatically unzip in the Windows/Temp folder when you double-click on the file name after downloading.  The Zip file is about 3mb, so it will only take about 10-12 minutes to download all of these photos on a 56k modem.  DSL will download it in seconds.  Click here to download the zip file.

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