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Hurricane-proof storefront facility in Florida
What would be the most successful way to get store front facility for the smallest amount of money, that can withstand a category 5 hurricane, earthquakes, and that occupies the least possible space, yet is comfortable to spend many hours in, with space for:
  • 600-pc computers (providing very restrictive internet access) and thousands of customers and their pets, with easy clean-up
  • a few company computers to provide very restrictive internet access to run the 600-pc computers in a server; monitor hourly participation and record activities, etc.
  • at least one office and sleeping area
  • four-wall mounted big screen TVs with Direct TV's NFL packages
and that is powered through low cost and no polluting/environmentally friendly energy sources (solar, wind, water power and etc)?
Jason Nall
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Hurricane-proof storefront facility in Florida
Jason,

Does Florida have earthquakes?

If you want a hurricane-proof building, I suggest you build in the ground to minimise the wind force. Flooding might be a problem underground but you could use a mobile standby generator-pump.

Other than setting the whole building in the ground, you are looking at massive reinforced concrete walls needed to withstand hurricane winds.
Frank John Snelling
Hurricane-proof storefront facility in Florida
Frank John Snelling,

Yes, my mistake. So you just specialize in commercial store front storm danagement prevention? You cannot help me with the rest?
Jason Nall
Hurricane-proof storefront facility in Florida
Jason, I assume that there are quite a few feasibility studies, reports and articles upon "sport viewing centres" both in sports and computer media.

You need to calculate the energy load for 600 PCs, server and wall-mounted TV screens and other equipment, before looking for an energy supply/source.

Low-cost non-polluting energy sources may sound good, but solar panels will get ripped off in hurricane winds, and wind mills will probably lose their blades/sails, and water-powered mills may suffer damage from hurricane winds.

For hurricane wind conditions, you could try mounting an old jet engine on the roof and reverse the electrical flow from input to output to a dynamo. :)
Frank John Snelling
Hurricane-proof storefront facility in Florida
Jason:

1. To make the 'stay' interesting, use landscaping / interior design features. You can also have a small pizza / hot-dog kinda outlet.

2. What 'space' are you trying to save on? Volume or area?

3. Any high speed wind creates eddies of currents, which is a big damager of properties. Have rounded edges in your building. Check the size and spacing of window and door openings.

4. Cast-in-situ RCC could make the building monolithic and save against both hurricanes and earthquakes.

5. Solar panels need to be exposed to direct sunlight. (If only we could cover them with a super transparent glass...)
Chitradeep Sengupta
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