Community meeting in Westport tonight for vertical evacuation building

Tonight in Westport, the residents can learn more about the new Ocosta Elementary School and their one of a kind building.

Brian Ho and Brian Fitzgerald from TCF Architects in Tacoma will talk about the design and floor plan of the new school, including the tsunami vertical evacuation structure, the first of its kind in the United States.

Cale Ash, structural engineer on the project, and Doug Nichols, project manager from Construction Services Group, will also speak.

In October, Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott asked the Grays Harbor County Commissioners for authorization to be the applicant agent for the Ocosta School Hazard Mitigation Grant. This grant allows the district to build their new elementary school which will include the first vertical evacuation building in the nation and Scott talked about the positives of the project.

“this would allow students, staff, and employees to evacuate safely in the event of a tsunami by going up rather than trying to get out of the area.” said Scott, “It’s something that will not only bring positive attention to the Ocosta School District and safety to their students but its going to bring a lot positive attention to Grays Harbor County.”

The event will be held tonight in the Ocosta Elementary School Multi-purpose Room at 6:30 pm.




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