The grant will be used to strengthen the roof and building structure and reduce the height of the unreinforced masonry chimney. Pending award of planning and design contracts, construction is tentatively planned for summer 2013.
PPS has strengthened more than 60 schools for seismic resistance as part of the school district’s ongoing re-roofing projects as well as through a 1995 voter-approved capital bond.
The Alameda grant is the first Seismic Rehabilitation Grant that PPS has received from the state, which launched the grant program in 2009. PPS chose to pursue the grant for Alameda because the school’s seismic improvement needs best fit the grant’s parameters. The grant is intended to fund a complete seismic retrofit for a maximum of $1.5 million.
“The safety of our students and staff are our top priority, and we are pleased that the state is able to contribute to our ongoing efforts to seismically strengthen our schools,” said Tony Magliano, director of Facilities & Asset Management for Portland Public Schools. “We are excited to get started with this work.”
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