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Business Oregon Awards $15 Million in Grants to Improve Earthquake Safety in 13 School Districts

SALEM—Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, today named 12 school districts and one community college that will receive grants to rehab elementary schools, high schools and gyms so they will be better prepared to withstand a major earthquake. The grants were awarded through the Infrastructure Finance Authority, a division of Business Oregon.

"At Business Oregon, our mission is to grow our economy and our communities," said Sean Robbins, Business Oregon's director. "We're proud that we can use the tools provided by the Legislature to help make Oregon school children safer in Bandon, Salem, La Grande and 10 more communities across Oregon."

The background: Senate Bill 3 in the 2005 Legislature established Oregon's Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program to make seismic improvements to essential public buildings. The bill created a grant program for schools—from elementary schools to universities—and for emergency service buildings, including hospitals, fire stations and police stations. The Oregon seismic program was recently featured in a New York Times' article.

The funding: In 2013, the Legislature approved $30 million for seismic projects with the funding split between schools and emergency services.

The applications: Business Oregon received 46 applications for school projects totaling $45 million in requests.

Recipients

The Seismic Rehabilitation Advisory School Subcommittee recommended 13 projects totaling nearly $15 million. (The emergency services projects will be announced later this month.)

Bandon High School classroom building: Bandon School District
The retrofit will correct structural deficiencies in the 1974 building. Grant amount and total project cost: $824,496.

Butte Creek Elementary: Silver Falls School District (City of Mt. Angel)
The school consists of eight buildings built between 1949 and 1990. The retrofit project will include four buildings. Grant amount and total project cost: $1.5 million.

Central Elementary School: La Grande School District
The 1954 school is an unreinforced masonry building. Grant amount and total project cost: $1.5 million.

Franklin High SchoolFranklin High School: Portland Public Schools
This high school was constructed in 1915 and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Total project cost: $5.2 million. Grant amount: $1.3 million.

Klamath High School gym: Klamath Falls School District
The gym is a 1937 building with a very complex structural system. The total project cost: $2.5 million. Grant amount: $1.5 million.

McLoughlin High School gymMcLoughlin High School gym: Milton-Freewater School District
The gym is a 1963 reinforced concrete masonry building with a steel roof structure. Grant amount and total project cost: $645,995.

Reynolds Middle School gym: Reynolds School District (City of Fairview)
The gym was built in 1975 and its structure has a well-documented history of failure in earthquakes. Grant amount and total project cost: $378,020.

Richmond Elementary School: Salem-Keizer School District
The original 1911 school building is a three-story unreinforced masonry building and has a high likelihood of collapsing during an earthquake. Total project cost: $2.7 million. Grant amount: $1.5 million.

Riley Creek Elementary: Central Curry School District (City of Gold Beach)
Six buildings included in the retrofit project were built from 1957 to 1970. Grant amount and total project cost: $1.1 million.

Roseburg High School gymRoseburg High School gym: Douglas County School District
The 60-year-old roof structure is extremely vulnerable to failure. Total project cost: $2.3 million. Grant amount: $1.5 million.

Scotts Mills Elementary gym: Silver Falls School District (Scotts Mills)
The gym was built in 1974 and the retrofit will address structural deficiencies. Grant amount and total project cost: $996,976.

Sitkum Hall: Southwestern Oregon Community College (City of Coos Bay)
The retrofit will correct structural deficiencies in the 1965 building. Grant amount and total project cost: $497,755.

Toledo High School gym: Lincoln County School District (City of Toledo)
The gym was built in 1955. It has a very unusual construction and has a high seismic hazard level. Grant amount and total project cost: $1.5 million.

Media: A Google map of the schools receiving grants can be linked or embedded.

Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.