Tag: unreinforced masonry (URM)

PREVENTING BUILDINGS FROM COLLAPSING IN THE NEXT EARTHQUAKE

August 8th, 2013

In the last few years there have been major earthquakes in every corner of the Pacific Rim – except the Pacific Northwest. We will inevitably experience one, and part of our emergency preparedness work is to save lives by preventing our older buildings from collapsing. That’s why I initiated a project to retrofit the most […]

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EARTHQUAKES AND UNREINFORCED MASONRY BUILDINGS

March 28th, 2012

 When the Nisqually Earthquake hit, I was in an older brick building in Pioneer Square.  While skyscrapers swayed, the Pioneer Building was bouncing up and down, and a window shattered a few feet from me.  That building has been retrofitted since then, but it is a great example of the kind of building – Unreinforced […]

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PLANNING, LAND USE, AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

January 5th, 2012

On January 9 the Council will adopt its new Committee structure for 2012-2013.  I will likely Chair a Committee we have named Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS).  Once approved, this committee will work on legislation relating to land use and urban planning, as well as oversee the Office of Sustainability and Environment and the […]

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EARTHQUAKES AND SEATTLE – IMPROVING OUR EMERGENCY PLANS

November 28th, 2011

The Council has held a series of briefings and discussions reviewing the disastrous earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand, and Japan over the last few months (an exercise for the reader:  what section of the Pacific Rim has not yet had a major earthquake in recent years?  Hint:  you live there.). Our goal has been to […]

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