Coos Bay School District, Coos Bay, Oregon
These projects have been a culmination of 2-3 years of work to increase the performance and safety of the existing iconic structures on the high school campus. HGE successfully performed the initial seismic grant applications for both projects for the District securing the funding for these improvements thru the State’s Seismic Rehabilitation Program. This involved initial seismic evaluations, determining initial upgrades necessary, preparing the narrative, assisting the school district with gathering usage data, completing the Benefit Cost Analysis and preparing the cost estimates. Upon securing the funding for the projects, HGE then prepared the final seismic upgrade drawings and specifications, prepared bid documents, administrated the bidding process, prepared owner-contractor agreements and subsequently oversaw the construction. The contractor was allowed access during the spring term and then had full access to the buildings during the summer. The project was completed by the start of the school year in 2018-19.
The buildings are designed to resist earthquake loads to meet current code requirements – Life Safety status. With the current, fairly uncertain bidding climate, the school district received two bids, one well within the estimate/available funds (and one well over the estimate/available funds). Because of the under budget status, HGE took the initiative, with District approval, to perform additional engineered analysis of the Gym to pursue additional structural means to upgrade the building strength to Immediate occupancy status. That means that the building is not only being upgraded to meet current code requirements, allowing occupants to safely exit the building, but to also withstand such forces and remain functional afterwards. The additional cost was all within the available funds from the grant program, meaning the additional building strengthening of the gym was at no cost to Coos Bay Schools. This was a great benefit to the District as the Gym can truly be designated as an area of refuge during a seismic event.