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Cal Neighbors

Cal Neighbors: A Word from Chacellor Berdahl

About Cal Neighbors

Developing a Strategic Facilities Master Plan for UC

Working to Build a Safer Campus and Community

UC/Vista Partnership Expands Educational Opportunities

Examining Earthquake Costs to Area

Campus Research at Work

Working Together to Encourage and Support Berkeley Youth

Activist Sylvia McLaughlin Cares for Berkeley

Haas Program Helps Local Entrepreneurs Get on Track

State Bond Measure to Benefit Local Schools

Free (or Almost Free) Things To Do on Campus

UC/City Plan Southside Renewal

Campus Improvements for Pedestrians, Bicyclists




Working to Build a Safer Campus and Community

Loma Prieta, the 1991 firestorm, El Nino. . . . Is Mother Nature trying to tell us something? If so, Berkeley is listening. Since the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, the Berkeley public schools, the City of Berkeley, and the university have each surveyed their buildings, sought funding, and begun rebuilding and strengthening facilities to minimize the hazards to life safety.

The Northridge and Kobe earthquakes in 1994 and 1995 provided important information about earthquakes and their effects on buildings. UC seismic and structural experts used that information to advise the City of Berkeley on retrofitting city hall and the construction of a new public safety building. Preparations are now underway to relocate these important city functions while the seismic projects are completed. Other projects have addressed the critical needs of fire stations, including a new emergency operations center.

In 1992, the Berkeley public schools passed a bond measure to repair or replace school facilities throughout the district. Six years later, the results are evident as new -- or newly refurbished -- schools are completed throughout the city.

For many years, the university has rebuilt and repaired campus buildings as public or private funds become available. Much of the current campus construction involves seismic work -- Hearst Memorial Mining Building, for example, is using state-of-the-art base isolation technology to preserve the historic building. Other seismic projects include the historic Dance Facility, Doe Library, Goldman School of Public Policy, McCone Hall, and Haas Pavilion.

Last fall, the university issued a 10-point action plan for seismic safety on the Berkeley campus. It is called the SAFER Program (a Seismic Action Plan for Facilities Enhancement and Renewal). On Sept. 1, a new vice chancellor for capital projects, Edward Denton, was appointed to oversee all capital projects, including the seismic program.

In recent months informational presentations have been made to city staff and the Planning Commission about the SAFER Program. This fall, campus representatives will make presentations to the City Council and to neighborhood and community groups as the program moves forward.

Like the city and school district, the Berkeley campus faces the difficult and expensive challenge of upgrading aging facilities in a seismically vulnerable region. Yet the goal is well worth the cost: a better and safer campus and community. .



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