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September 27, 2010
Some Oregon students safer this year
 
SALEM, Ore – Some local schools have completed Earthquake retrofit projects after being awarded grants from the new Oregon Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP).

Four elementary schools in Beaverton completed projects that involved roof strengthening and improved roof to wall connections that will give the schools greater ability to resist earthquakes. Beaverton Schools received a total of $803,000 for work on Elmonica, Cooper Mountain, McKay and Oak Hills Elementary schools. All of the projects were completed before school began.

Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) received a total of $565,016 to increase the safety of the White Oak hall. This building has other capital improvement projects that are continuing into 2011 but the seismic portion is complete.

"With the help of this SRGP grant, we were able to complete these seismic improvements as part of a comprehensive overhaul of our science and technology facility, making the work much easier and much less expensive," said LBCC President, Greg Hamann.

The SRGP was created to provide funds to strengthen public schools and emergency services buildings so they will sustain less damage during an earthquake saving lives and property. In 2001, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measures 15 & 16 amending the Constitution to allow for the state to lend credit through general obligation bonds for seismic rehabilitation of public education buildings and emergency services buildings.

Senate President Peter Courtney subsequently sponsored a series of companion bills directing a statewide seismic risk assessment, methodology and direction to implement the Seismic Rehabilitation Grants Program, the goal of which is to reduce property damage, injuries, and casualties caused by earthquakes.

Fourteen public education buildings and eleven emergency services facilities received funds totaling $15 million dollars.

Contact Info: Jennifer Chamberlain,
OEM Public Affairs Coordinator
503-750-8308
503-378-2911 Ext. 22294