$1.2 Million Seismic Retrofit of Eshleman Hall Begins

Photo: A $1.2 million seismic retrofit of Eshleman Hall, triggered by the building's 'poor' seismic rating, is expected to conclude by the end of April.
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A $1.2 million seismic retrofit of Eshleman Hall, triggered by the building's 'poor' seismic rating, is expected to conclude by the end of April.


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As part of ongoing efforts to address seismic safety on campus, Eshleman Hall will undergo a two-month long seismic retrofit expected to conclude by the end of next month.

The $1.2 million project will install steel casings on 10 exterior columns that support the building. The building previously received a "poor" rating from engineers investigating seismic vulnerabilities for the UC Board of Regents, according to Christine Shaff, campus communications manager for facilities services.

"Eshleman Hall needs to be stronger in case of an earthquake," she said. "This project is meant to seismically strengthen the building in the event of one."

She added the project will add steel beams to interior doorways in the building as well as ensure that two restrooms in Eshleman are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Though plans call for the project to conclude by the end of April, Shaff said the deadline may be extended in order to accommodate staff and students who work in Eshleman Hall.

Access to the building and AC Transit stops will not be impacted, according to a campus statement.

According to ASUC Auxiliary Associate Director Tom Spivey, the project is being funded by campus student fees intended for student safety initiatives.

"The retrofitting is about survivability (for people)," he said.

He added that the retrofit was conducted because plans to replace Eshleman Hall with a new building will not be realized for at least several years.

According to Spivey, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building will undergo similar seismic retrofits beginning in June.

Tags: AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, ESHLEMAN HALL, MEMORIAL STADIUM, UC BOARD OF REGENTS


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