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Here is a second style of veneer reinforcement installed on the specimen. A length of wire reinforcement was placed on the length of a wall's course. The wire was attached to the horizontal reinforcement of the concrete block.

Masons erected the specimen's concrete block walls using common construction practices.

To simulate real life conditions, workers poured a concrete foundation on the surface of the shaking bed at the University of California-San Diego's Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. The foundation was then bolted to the shake bed. Here, the worker is drilling into the concrete foundation in preparation for installing the vertical reinforcement.

Masons then constructed the 230- by 300-foot specimen using typical practices used on commercial and residential jobsites around the U.S. Here, workers are laying the first course of concrete block. Notice the vertical pieces of reinforcing steel. On top of the concrete blocks, masons have also placed horizontal wire reinforcement. Then the masons spread a line of mortar onto which they will lay the next course of concrete wall.

The specimen's specimen's roof was constructed with concrete hollow-core planking. Here, the worker guides an element into place.

Once the panels were placed, workers tied the roof to the vertical wall reinforcement. Workers placed concrete over the reinforcement.

The test wastest designed to evaluate howaluate ho well veneer connectors performed in a series of intense seismic events. On one wall masons placed the brick veneer using connectors called hook and eyes. Each hook was inserted into the eye and welded to the horizontal reinforcement placed between the course of concrete blocks.

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