DNR School Seismic Safety Assessment Project

If a big earthquake hits, many Washington schools at ‘high risk’

By Evan Bush, Staff Reporter
Seattle Times
July 1, 2019

“If there was a severe earthquake, students inside Marysville’s Totem Middle School’s main building could have a frightening experience.

About 70 percent of that building, which serves more than 550 students, could be damaged because it lacks features that could help it withstand shaking, according to a new Washington state analysis . . . “

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Naches Valley school in report

By Janelle Retka, Yakima Herald-Republic
July 5, 2019

“Naches Valley High School’s main building was one of 15 statewide surveyed in depth . . . “

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Some initial results of the DNR and OSPI school seismic assessment project were in the news this week. Structural Director Dave Swanson was featured discussing the evaluation process that has shown that older facilities are at risk.

DNR and OSPI’s ongoing school seismic assessment project was in the news this week. Structural Director Dave Swanson and Senior Engineer Brian Matsumoto were featured to explain how school structures are evaluated.

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