Seismic safety in question at thousands of California public schools

California regulators responsible for enforcing earthquake safety laws have failed to certify more than 16,000 construction projects in California public schools, increasing the risk that some projects may be unsafe, according to a state audit report.

December 29, 2011 |

California regulators responsible for enforcing earthquake safety laws have failed to certify more than 16,000 construction proj

California regulators responsible for enforcing earthquake safety laws have failed to certify more than 16,000 construction projects in California public schools, increasing the risk that some projects may be unsafe, according to a state audit report.

The report found that the Division of the State Architect has weak oversight and lacks enforcement authority when it comes to certifying that school construction projects are in compliance with the Field Act, one of the first pieces of legislation to mandate earthquake-resistant construction in school buildings.

Click here to learn more about the seismic safety regulations. BD+C

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