Non-profit’s school buildings fare well in EQ

July 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Curated Topics, School Buildings

The Room to Read-constructed building (right) survived both quakes unharmed, while the adjacent structure (left) was completely destroyed by the shaking.

A San Francisco-based non-profit that builds schools and libraries in developing countries reports that its buildings fared well in the earthquake. “Of the 399 schools we assessed post-earthquake, just 7% of the classrooms Room to Read had built sustained major damage.”

They report: “The contrast between our approach (skilled engineers, high-quality construction materials, earthquake-resistant design and construction techniques) and the construction method that had been employed when building the other classrooms could not have been more stark.”

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