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Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP)

What is the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program?

·     The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) is a State of Oregon competitive grant program that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities.
·      Public K12 school districts, community colleges, education service districts and universities are eligible for the grant program.
·      For emergency services facilities, the emphasis is on first responder buildings. This includes: hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriff’s offices, 911 centers, and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).
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Current Events

The SRGP attended an assembly at Central Elementary School in Albany on Wednesday, April 24, at 9 am.  For more information, click here  See photos from the event here, or video here.


Congratulations! SRGP wins the WSSPC Overall Award of Excellence this year.  For more information please click here.

 Study: 1,000 Oregon schools would crumble in major quake, By Kaitlyn Bolduc, Fox 12, 5/8/13

Collapsing Schools: A looming earthquake threatens to topple Oregon schools, By Amy Schneider, Eugene Weekly, 8/8/13 

See our event calendar at the bottom of this page.

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Program Background

Senator Peter Courtney sponsored a series of companion measures during the 2005 Legislative Session, 
Senate Bills 2 through 5, to provide a statewide seismic risk assessment, methodology, and direction in order to implement the SRGP.
  • Senate Bill 2 required the Department of Geology & Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)  to complete a  Statewide Seismic Needs  Assessment. This assessment of school buildings and public safety facilities included a rapid visual screening (RVS) of such buildings and a ranking of these screenings based on need and risk.  This assessment was completed in June 2007. 
  • Senate Bill 3 provided OEM with the authority to develop and implement the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) and establish a grant committee.
  • Senate Bills 4 and 5 authorized the issuance of Article XI-N and XI-M bonds which provides the funding mechanism to implement the ballot measures for the seismic rehabilitation of schools and emergency services buildings respectively.
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What Does “Rehabilitation” Mean?

SRGP requires that school facilities be retrofitted to Life Safety and emergency services to Immediate Occupancy standards as defined by the American Society for Civil Engineers 

  • Life Safety means that a building may be damaged beyond repair during an earthquake but people will be able to safely exit the building.
  • Immediate Occupancy means that not only will the building remain standing after an earthquake but emergency services will be able to continue to operate and provide services.


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Rehabilitation Activity Eligibility

Ineligible Activities
·       Demolition/Rebuild or New Construction
·       Buildings located in the Tsunami Inundation Zone
·       Solely Non-Structural projects      (e.g. chimney removal/bracing)
Eligible Activities

·       Structural Improvements including Non- Structural

·       Architecture & Engineering

·       Project Management

Buildings with a mix of eligible and ineligible uses can be considered if an entity pays for the ineligible portion of the building.
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Evaluation Requirements


·       Completed Application

·       Preliminary Engineering Report or Assessment

o     It is recommended, but not required, that this includes a Tier I or Tier II evaluation per ASCE 31-03 Seismic Evaluation of Existing Buildings.

·       Cost Estimate

o     Conservative contingencies should be built in to all budget categories. Project management, construction management, asbestos abatement, testing, permitting, construction, labor, and temporary relocation are examples of costs that should be considered when putting together an accurate cost estimate.

·       Benefit Cost Analysis

·       Photos

Applications will be evaluated by a statutorily designated grant committee, representing education, emergency services, local government and other state agencies. Scoring and ranking criteria is determined by the grant committee and may include:

·       BCA Score
·       Project readiness: Do you have sufficient staff and resources for the implementation and oversight of the proposed project within the period of  performance? Will you hire an outside project manager with experience in this type of project?
·       Scope of Work: Must be detailed and describe both the identified building deficiencies and the corresponding improvements. This should correlate directly to the preliminary engineering report. If the seismic rehabilitation work is part of a larger building improvement project, that should be identified as well.
·       Unreinforced Masonry, pre-cast concrete and soft/weak story buildings that have not been previously rehabilitated will receive additional points.
·       Is this project located in a small and impoverished  or distressed community?
·       Matching funds or the leverage of Federal/State/Local/Private partnerships to enhance the outcome of the proposed project. This includes cash match or leveraging of non-monetary resources.
·       How the proposed project fits in with other community-wide mitigation and preparedness efforts.
·       Unique or innovative nature of the project.
·       The importance of the building in the community it serves


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Completed Projects

Round 2 Schools
Twality Middle School, Tigard-Tualatin School District
Round 2 Emergency Service Buildings
Fire Station 22, Woodburn, RFPD
Round 1 Emergency Service Buildings
Video: Tuality Hospital Seismic Project
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Contact Information

For questions on the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program email the Program Coordinator.
​Gloria Zacharias
Attn: Seismic Grant Program
Infrastructure Finance Authority
Oregon Business Development Department
775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280
Phone: 503-986-0132


*The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program is in the process of transitioning to a new agency home. If you have any questions please contact:

Sean McCormick
Mitigation & Recovery Section Director
(503) 378-2911 x22227

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