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Félix Bulnes Hospital
Pje 14, Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile


The Félix Bulnes Hospital in Santiago was completely shut down after the earthquake. The first structure was constructed in the 1940s with several additions and a five-story building. The most recent addition was constructed in the 1980s and showed modern installations (Figure 1). It had two levels, the first with a reinforced concrete frame and slab, while no lateral resisting system could be identified at the second level. Partitions cracked (Figure 2), ceiling tiles failed at both levels, and some anchorage pullout was observed for cable tray supports (Figure 2) and other systems. This wing was currently undergoing repairs with plans to reopen by the winter season. The older sections of the hospital suffered a lot of nonstructural damage to masonry partitions and one masonry wall that may be load bearing (Figure 3).

The most recent addition was constructed in the 1980s and showed modern installation.

Figure 1: The most recent addition was constructed in the 1980s and showed modern installation.

Partitions cracked, ceiling tiles failed at both levels, and some anchorage pullout was observed for cable tray supports.

Figure 2: Partitions cracked, ceiling tiles failed at both levels, and some anchorage pullout was observed for cable tray supports.

The older sections of the hospital suffered a lot of nonstructural damage to masonry partitions and one masonry wall that may be load bearing.

Figure 3: The older sections of the hospital suffered a lot of nonstructural damage to masonry partitions and one masonry wall that may be load bearing.


Report and photos submitted by Gilberto Mosqueda
Date: March 8, 2010