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OSU plans new building in tsunami zone
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 17, 2017 12:01AM

The North Coast keeps right on building in tsunami inundation zones, and Newport does, too, but with one big difference. The planned $50 million-plus Oregon State University new marine studies building will have one of the first tsunami vertical evacuation sites in the country when construction is completed in 2019, reports ( The architectural design of the building is shown, courtesy of OSU.

Groundbreaking is set for next spring for the 72,000-square-foot three-story structure, which will house academic and research facilities, and is connected to a two-story wing comprised of community space, an auditorium, a laboratory and other facilities. The most important feature, however, is a ramp leading from the ground to the roof — a tsunami evacuation site 47 feet off the ground, designed to hold more than 900 people.

If you must build in a tsunami zone, this is the way to go.


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