SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Hoover Elementary in Medford receives seismic upgrade

Upgrading the school for earthquake readiness is a $2 million project, most of which will be covered by a large grant from the state for safety upgrades.

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 6:33 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2019 6:40 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Work is underway at Hoover Elementary in Medford to make the school buildings safe in the event of a major earthquake.

The seismic upgrades project is going to cost about $2 million in total. $1.5 million is being covered by a grant from the state, but the Medford School District (MSD) will be footing the bill for $500,000 of the project.

Right now contractors and construction workers are doing what they can while school is still in session.

"They cut these diamond areas to put this outside plate on," said Ron Havniear, Facilities Manager for MSD. "They run a bolt through the wall and they connect the roof to the wall."

MSD said that it has been working to get life safety standards at all of its schools up to par, and hope to get some buildings to "immediate occupancy" as fast as it can.

"Life safety standards which means that the building will likely be damaged beyond compare but the occupants will be able to exit safely. The second is immediate occupancy which means that the building will sustain itself through the event and be ready to use following the event," said Havniear.

Four other schools in the district have already been upgraded, and MSD has already applied for the next round of grant funding so that it can continue upgrading the remaining schools.

"We just want the community to know that we desire to be a resource in all emergencies but specifically for seismic and we want these buildings to still be standing and for people to get out safely and to still be able to use as a community resource when the unforgiving moment comes," Havniear said.

The majority of the upgrades at Hoover will wait until the summer, once school is out.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 31865

Reported Deaths: 539
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7022136
Marion456992
Washington441759
Umatilla293941
Clackamas234661
Malheur158926
Jackson11094
Lane109616
Deschutes79312
Yamhill75013
Jefferson5218
Polk51515
Linn49513
Morrow4946
Lincoln47613
Union4392
Benton2946
Klamath2792
Wasco2793
Hood River2490
Douglas2244
Josephine1952
Columbia1551
Coos1490
Clatsop1310
Baker922
Crook621
Tillamook510
Curry310
Lake290
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant90
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 799516

Reported Deaths: 15393
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2644146455
Riverside578831179
San Bernardino53359918
Orange526221182
San Diego45596773
Kern31712360
Fresno28019362
Sacramento21872399
Alameda20951397
Santa Clara20756304
San Joaquin20126437
Stanislaus16436345
Contra Costa16238204
Tulare15829259
Ventura12591146
Imperial11741317
San Francisco1094699
San Mateo9714144
Monterey970170
Santa Barbara8973113
Merced8828140
Kings756977
Sonoma7262120
Marin6641114
Solano627863
Madera445865
Placer353544
San Luis Obispo347929
Butte279043
Yolo278255
Santa Cruz22949
Sutter168911
Napa165313
San Benito132111
Yuba11367
El Dorado10884
Mendocino89418
Shasta75916
Lassen7360
Glenn5713
Tehama5334
Lake53011
Nevada5286
Colusa5246
Humboldt4967
Calaveras31414
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 68°
Brookings
Overcast
60° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 60°
Crater Lake
Broken Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 69°
Grants Pass
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 53°
Klamath Falls
Broken Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 69°
Spotty afternoon showers
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Shawna Huggins of Phoenix

Image

Friday, September 25 afternoon weather

Image

Friday, September 25 morning weather

Image

Happy Camp Hero

Image

New multi-agency resource center opened in Medford

Image

Thursday, September 24th Evening Weather

Image

Community of Happy Camp begins recovery after Slater Fire destruction

Image

Thursday, September 24 afternoon weather

Image

Thursday, September 24 morning weather

Image

LCC K9 MINISTRY SENDS COMFORT DOGS TO JACKSON COUNTY