Forming the north end of Grays Harbor, the Ocean Shores peninsula is relatively wide, has many bisecting waterways and bridges, and lacks natural high ground for tsunami evacuation. The community participated in Project Safe Haven which identified Ocean Shores Elementary School as an ideal site for an evacuation tower.
Degenkolb developed a conceptual design for a tsunami evacuation tower sited just north of the elementary school. The tower will accommodate at least 800 people on two levels with the first safe refuge level located 50 feet above ground.
Degenkolb assisted the City of Ocean Shores on a successful FEMA hazard mitigation grant application to obtain $3.59m in funding for the project.
In the fall of 2021, Degenkolb was selected to assist the City with full design.