The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo has an extensive earthquake simulation, structural, and geotechnical engineering testing facility that is a key node in a nationwide earthquake engineering "collaboratory" - the National Science Foundation's "George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation" (NEES). The entire lab facility consists of four main laboratory rooms, two earthquake laboratories, identified below as Testing Area 1 and Testing Area 2, a Receiving Area and a Fabrication Area, located side by side within Ketter Hall. In addition to these laboratories, Ketter Hall also houses many of the Civil and Structural Engineering faculty offices and a number of smaller laboratories in structural and geotechnical engineering used for research and instruction. Figure 1 presents a plan drawing of the laboratory facilities.
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