Earthquakes:  Making the Berkeley campus SAFER

The SAFER (Seismic Action plan for Facilities Enhancement and Renewal) program, provides a comprehensive approach to seismic safety on the UC Berkeley campus. This website provides details on the structural seismic risks to the campus and the progress made toward mitigating these risks.

According to a new model developed to measure campus risk, the seismic safety improvement work undertaken here since 1997 has reduced by half the life safety risks for our students, faculty and staff, and has cut the risks of potential earthquake-caused economic losses by 25 percent.

Since 1997, UC Berkeley has completed or initiated approximately $500 million worth of seismic and related improvements in buildings across campus. Buildings retrofitted include Hearst Memorial Mining, Wurster, Barrows, Barker, Latimer, Hildebrand and LeConte halls, as well as Haas Pavilion, Doe Library, Silver Space Sciences Laboratory, the Archaeological Research Facility, and Berkeley Art Museum. All occupied buildings on the central campus with a "very poor" seismic rating have been retrofitted. As of early 2009, work has been completed or initiated on 72 percent of the square footage identified in 1997 as needing seismic improvement.

Remaining seismic work is needed for buildings including Evans and Tolman Halls and smaller, unoccupied facilities such as the Old Art Gallery and backstage at the Greek Theatre. Work that will further improve the seismic safety of the UC Berkeley campus is in progress and the SAFER program continues to provide a framework that guides campus planning and investment.

Site updated October 16, 2009