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Chris Poland Testifies on Behalf of Rebuilding CPMC

Degenkolb Chairman and New Technologies Group Senior Principal Chris Poland testified in support of rebuilding CPMC at today’s Planning Commission Zoning Initiation. The meeting took place at San Francisco’s City Hall.

Read his statement here:
Thank you President Fong and Members of the Planning Commission for the opportunity to speak. My name is Chris Poland. I am a Structural Engineer, Chairman of Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and I strongly support Mayor Lee’s agreement with CPMC to build two new state- of-the-art hospitals that will be safe and fully operational after the next great earthquake.

As you are well aware, California is earthquake country, and we will continue to experience major earthquakes like the one that occurred in 1906 and those that occurred recently in Chile, New Zealand and Japan. The USGS assures us that a major earthquake will occur in California sometime in the next 30 years. We are expecting casualties in the thousands and injuries in the tens of thousands.

In the face of this threat, San Francisco is on a deliberate path to becoming seismically resilient city. The Mayor’s Resilient SF initiative is working to establish and implement programs that will assure that San Francisco will quickly recovery. These programs involve emergency preparedness, an earthquake safety improvement program for privately owned buildings, programs to improve City owned buildings, a lifelines council, and much more.

A seismically resilient San Francisco needs its hospitals to be fully operational after a major earthquake. Unfortunately, most of our hospitals were built prior to the mid-80’s and will most likely not be usable. Some will actually collapse and kill the occupants. A major earthquake today would leave San Francisco with precious few beds to serve the injured. These CPMC replacement hospitals on Cathedral Hill and at St Luke’s will significantly change that picture, but they must be completed. Rebuilding CPMC must start as soon as possible.

When the next major earthquake occurs, San Franciscan’s want and deserve to have modern earthquake safe facilities that they can turn to for help. I am very pleased that the Mayor and CPMC have agreed on a set of best outcomes for San Francisco so that these projects can move forward.

I urge you to support this plan and all the benefits it will bring to our city.

Thank you.

Filed Under: Community, Degenkolb, Earthquake, Engineering
Posted by lanachan on April 9, 2012 2:03 PM
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