Twelve schools, eight emergency facilities to receive $35 million in grants from Business Oregon

The state's attempts at building seismic resiliency continue with a new round of funding to upgrade schools and fire stations.

Business Oregon is offering $35 million in grants to 12 schools and eight emergency service organizations to help shore up their structures in preparation for earthquakes.

Business Oregon is the state's economic development driver, helping Oregon businesses locate here, grow, export and expand. It provides business loans with lottery dollars, technical assistance and industry support.PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: FILE PHOTO - Unreinforced masonry (URMs) are facing new, expensive seismic requirements intended to help save lives in case of a quake. Pictured: Franklin High Schools seismic roofing improvements began in 2013.

The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program 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.

"This program is an investment in healthy and safe communities," said Chris Harder, director of Business Oregon. "With today's awards we've now been able to shore up 190 schools across the state and make 95 emergency services structures more prepared to take on the necessary response to a seismic disaster."

The program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2005 and transferred to Business Oregon in 2014. It is one of the infrastructure programs Business Oregon administers to help develop livable and prosperous communities in addition to business development services and programs.

"Building a more resilient Oregon is a top priority, and we must continue our critical, ongoing efforts to bolster our schools and key emergency and community centers throughout the state," said Gov. Kate Brown. "By working together to leverage local, state so far and federal resources, we can create safer communities that will be better prepared and ready to recover more quickly from a major disaster or catastrophic Cascadia earthquake."

This is the fourth round of funding Business Oregon has awarded under the seismic rehab program.

Seismic school bond

Work has been completed on more than 51 schools through the 2012 Bond.

The 2012 School Building Improvement Bond program included improving seismic safety of PPS buldings as a major priority, because most were built prior to the 1930s. The Bond work is intended to seismically strengthen schools through roof replacements, seismic rehabilitation, modernizations and incremental seismic improvement projects.

Schools that were seismically strengthened by 2016 include abernathy K-12, Alameda K-5, Arleta K-8, Beach PK-8, Creston K-8, Grout K-8, Hosford MS, James John K-5, Jefferson HS, Lane MS, Llewellyn K-5, MLC K-12 and Woodlawn PK-8.

There were 22 more schools that received roof replacements and seismic bracing, as well.

The seismic renovations for Franklin, Roosevelt and Grant high schools will meet a national standard of code recognized by the state for retrofitting existing buildings, which prioritizes protection of the occupants, not of the buildings.

By Jules Rogers
Reporter, The Business Tribune
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New awards

School Projects ($25 million)

Aloha High School: $2,500,000

Triangle Lake Charter School: $1,898,510

Camas Valley School Classrooms: $1,752,965

Sams Valley Elementary School Gym: $2,498,395

Muddy Creek Charter School: $903,941

HS Gym and Multi-purpose Room: $2,499,530

Mid-Valley Elementary: $2,038,921

Monroe High School: $2,500,000

Hayhurst School: $2,500,000

Scio High School Gym: $2,494,575

Sherwood Middle School: Gym $1,044,718

East Elementary School: Gym $2,368,445


mergency Services Projects

($10 million)

Adair Fire District

Adair Main Statio: $1,717,978

Jackson County Fire District

Shady Cove Station: $166,556

Klamath County Fire District

Fire Station #1: $2,349,360

Sheridan Fire District

Sheridan Fire Station: $1,310,470

Tangent Fire District

Fire Station #71: $1,163,245

Westside Fire District

Fire Station #1: $1,251,595

Westside Fire District

Fire Station #2: $1,225,109

City of Newberg

Public Safety Building: $815,687

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