Toledo High School was among 12 schools around Oregon that was awarded some pretty tall dollars to make an important part of the school more earthquake resistant. Business Oregon, a part of state government, awarded Toledo High a $1.5 million grant to fortify and strengthen their old gymnasium which was built nearly sixty years ago. The grant award also cited the gym’s “unusual construction” design. And they left it at that.
The school district says the seismic retrofit at Toledo High will involve replacing and/or strengthening the gym’s roof and north wall, with the work to begin in April 2016.
Other schools getting earthquake retro grants included Roseburg High which was also awarded a $1.5 million grant for their gym and the gym at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.
In the event of a large earthquake, the local schools’ gymnasiums are expected to provide emergency shelter for many people who live in the region as well as becoming staging areas for search and rescue operations, distribution of food, water, medical supplies and bedding.