Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program Will Fund $15M Towards Earthquake Safety in SchoolsMar 10 2015 · 0 comments · NISHKIAN DEAN, Seismic ·0
The Cascadia Subduction Zone, an area where tectonic plates off the coast of Oregon typically grind and slip to relieve pressure, have become “locked.” All of this pressure building along the fault line must be released at some point, which has significant implications for risk of major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.
In response to this, Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) was initiated by Oregon Emergency Management to fund earthquake retrofitting and seismic upgrade efforts for schools, higher-education institutions, and emergency services buildings.
Late last year, over $13 million was awarded to upgrades for emergency services buildings and more than $15 million grants were awarded to improve earthquake safety in school districts across the state. Twenty-two schools will receive upgrades, ensuring the safety of more than 8,600 children. You can learn more about the most recently rewarded schools at this link.
Nishkian Dean has had the opportunity to assist clients in securing SRGP funding and to work on some of the projects funded by the SRGP, including the City of Gresham Fire & Emergency Stations 71 & 72, and Twality Middle School in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.
The City of Gresham Fire Station projects consisted of upgrades to the existing steel frame construction, added steel bracing and diaphragm reinforcement, and added plywood shear walls and roof overlay, along with addition of diaphragm ties. The Twality Middle School retrofit project included reinforcement of the roof diaphragms and its anchorage to exterior walls.
To learn more about the Cascadia Subduction Zone, check out Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s website. If you would like to learn more about Nishkian Dean’s seismic rehabilitation and retrofitting work, see our portfolio page.