Fire stations are critical to every community. They house our emergency responders: Emergency medical technicians and fire fighters. And schools house our future, including our future EMT’s and fire fighters. Shouldn’t both of these facilities be as disaster-resistant as possible?
Currently, Portland's seismic codes are too lax (and give us a false sense of security). And certain big-money interests would like to keep things that way. Ironically, the most seismically resilient design, a monolithic dome, is more economical than conventional box-shaped buildings. It seems criminal to build critical facilities like fire stations and schools to lower standards when monolithic dome technology is so disaster-resistant, energy efficient and cost effective. Isn’t it time the taxpayer got their money’s worth for a change?