2010 “Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction” Awards

The Chapter presented its 2010 “Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction” awards during the Dec. 2 holiday party at Marines Memorial Club in San Francisco. Each year the chapter gives two awards, to an individual and an institution, in recognition of their hard work and dedication towards the reduction of seismic risk in Northern California.

Gregory McFann, building official for the City of Alameda, received the Chapter’s individual award. Under Mr. McFann’s leadership, Alameda has adopted exemplary risk reduction policies including a soft-story ordinance that includes incentives for retrofits and requires all owners of multi-unit residential buildings classified by the city as soft story to file a seismic analysis report prepared by an engineer and to install earthquake-actuated gas shutoff valves. In presenting the award, Chapter President Janiele Maffei said the ordinance and associated outreach efforts had created a greater awareness among Alameda’s community to the vulnerability of soft-story buildings.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District received the Chapter’s institution award. In 2004, BART launched a $1.2 billion Earthquake Safety Program that included retrofits of the trans-bay tube, several major train stations, parking structures and elevated portions of track, as well as evaluations of the effects of strong ground motions and surface fault rupture. The program consists of 29 projects, eight of which are completed, and all the remaining projects have been advertised for bids or will soon be under construction. The program is currently meetings its budget and on schedule, with an expected completion date of 2014. In presenting the award, Maffei said BART had shown innovative leadership in improving seismic safety in Northern California.

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