February 07, 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654
Phase 1 of the seismic upgrade of the main building at Tuality Community Hospital is moving along nicely. The 8-inch thick concrete seismic wall that spans three stories at the north end of the building is complete. Sheetrock installation, cabinetry and wiring are nearing completion in the basement, first and second floors.
The seismic work is being funded by a $1,389,480 grant from Oregon Emergency Management, the state agency responsible for emergency preparedness. The work will make the hospital building a safer place for employees, customers and visitors in the case of an earthquake.
Phase 2 will begin shortly at the south end of the building. Construction crews are preparing to install a similar concrete wall at that end of the original 1950 hospital building. This work will include basement, first and second floor areas at the south end of the building.
Steve Krautscheid, Tuality’s director of facilities and properties, had high praise for the many departments affected by the upgrade. “Accommodating the contractors and construction in an occupied hospital is an extraordinary example of employee and department commitment to the organization, our patients and one another,” he said.
The need for a seismic upgrade is simple. The main building is composed of the original Tuality Community Hospital building, plus additional buildings added to all four sides of the original hospital. The seismic work will tie together all sections of the building, new and old. The work will result in cohesive movement of the building, reducing the potential for significant damage from an earthquake.