Seismic Reports and Upgrades

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Seismic brace
Structural steel

Beaverton School District has a special opportunity—perhaps even a responsibility. Our community approved a very large capital construction bond program in 2014 that includes building three brand new school buildings and replacing four more. In order to better support our community during an emergency, our District has determined that we should build these seven schools to exceed building code requirements in certain critical aspects in order to respond to The Oregon Resilience Plan... This report summarizes that effort and provides the conclusions we reached. It is imperfect, and will only affect seven of our 50 schools and only seven of the 1,200 public schools in Oregon. But we must start somewhere.

-Excerpted from the BSD Resilience Planning Report

Seismic Upgrades

Seismic upgrades at Aloha High School

In the mid-1990s the Beaverton School District conducted a district-wide investigation of the seismic stability of its schools and subsequently began a targeted program to seismically upgrade and improve them, generally in conjunction with other related projects such as roof replacements.

Building upon work from previous bonds, this project is scheduled to improve the seismic performance of five schools that remain in need of high priority seismic upgrades: Beaver Acres Elementary, Cedar Mill Elementary, Cooper Mountain Elementary, Aloha High School and Beaverton High School.

Seismic upgrades generally involve improving structures by installing additional lateral force resistance systems.  These systems are to keep the building from collapsing in the event of an earthquake.

The District is working to leverage additional funding by pursuing grants available through the State of Oregon. 

Budget: $14,544,000.00
Funding: 2014 Bond
Schedule: varies site-by-site

  • Beaver Acres ES 2020
  • Cedar Mill ES 2019
  • Cooper Mountain ES 2021
  • Aloha HS 2019 - 2020
  • Beaverton HS 2018

Status: In Progress

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Seismic Assessment Report

Parents have inquired about the recent Seismic Assessment report and the District’s plan of action to address the recommendations in that report.  The Seismic Assessment report was published in Spring 2019 and Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are currently available on the District website.        

Using the April 2019 report, the District is developing and prioritizing seismic upgrade projects for the next Capital Improvement Bond.  The focus of this effort will be developing seismic upgrade projects for schools that fall into the Red Zone (Less than Collapse Prevention Performance Level).  These projects will help improve these schools to be above life safety performance  objectives and be better equipped to limit damage in the event of an earthquake.  These seismic projects will have to be taken in consideration when planning for other District bond projects that include new capacity schools, replacement schools, modernization, and other capital improvement projects.  

There is no change to the District's recommendations on earthquake preparedness and following the instructions for "Drop, Cover, and Hold On."  The District participated in the Great Oregon Shakeout earthquake drills on October 14, 2019 to review and refresh all students and District employees on "Drop, Cover, and Hold On."  For more information please see the BSD Public Safety Earthquake Preparedness webpage and the Great Oregon Shakeout.  

Seismic Assessment Report - Volume 1

Seismic Assessment Report - Volume 2

Seismic Assessment Report - Volume 3

Volume 4 (Available for review upon request due to safety & security reasons)

Steel x brace during school construction

New and rebuilt schools have steel cross braces at critical points throughout the buildings, helping them withstand a large-scale seismic event.