Seismic Safety Program Information and Status

  • University of California’s first seismic safety policy was issued in January 1975.
    • The current policy is dated May 2017. The purpose of the policy is to provide an acceptable level of earthquake safety for students, employees, and the public who occupy university facilities located in California. Updates are being considered as UC goes through a renewed program effort.
    • In June 2018, UC required all University facilities to have current seismic ratings with buildings requiring retrofit work completed or unoccupied by December 31, 2030. Buildings were divided into multiple groups to best tackle this large amount of evaluation work, with all ratings due by July 2020.    
    • For leased facilities, prior to entering into a new lease or renewing an existing lease, an acceptable seismic rating is required or a retrofit completed within 2 years under certain conditions.
  • Although the building code is updated and issued every 3 years, buildings are built pursuant to the code for the year of their design. A major renovation may trigger the need for seismic corrections.
  • UC Davis has been proactive in completing seismic retrofit work over the past 25 years either through seismic led projects or in conjunction with programmatic efforts. Completed projects include Sproul, Hart, North and South Halls, Memorial Union, Kerr, Academic Surge, Bainer, John Muir Institute, Heitman Learning Center, Rock Hall, Briggs, Bainer, Robbins, Telecommunications, Vet Med 2, Segundo Housing complex, Segundo Dining Commons, Silo South, Tercero 3 and 4 Housing, Tercero Community/Dining, and Olson Hall.
  • Not including UCD Health and leased buildings, UC Davis has 1,145 buildings on the central campus and satellite sites (Bodega Bay, Tahoe, Castle Lake, etc.) with approximately 13.5 million square feet of space.
  • 126 of these buildings were recently demolished or are scheduled for demolition over the next 10 years.  
  • Seismic evaluations have been completed on 325 of the 1,145 buildings (6.2M square feet or 46% of the total 13.5M). A range of building types and occupancies was selected across the campus for the first evaluations, including all large buildings. Following industry standard methods, buildings are evaluated using either a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Form 154 or American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Tier 1 study and assigned a Roman numeral rating. A rating of III is generally a new building, while IV is acceptable and V or VI may require further study or retrofit work.
    • 199 buildings are seismically-acceptable
    • 8 buildings have seismic retrofit projects in design & construction: Walker Hall, Emerson, Webster, Cruess (west), Chemistry, Chemistry Annex, Silo North, Nelson and PSE Library.
    • 3 buildings have been vacated. These are three barns on west campus.
    • 115 buildings will require further study or retrofitting.
  • Seismic evaluations range in cost and complexity. Average cost per building for an initial study is $4500. The cost of further evaluations ranges from $5000 to $200,000 per building.
  • There are 694 buildings remaining for evaluation representing approximately 6M square feet. Most of these buildings are one-story structures under 10,000 square feet, with many of those under 2,000 square feet.

All university-owned housing units have seismically-acceptable ratings