Student-Athlete High Performance Center Preparations Continue

Feb. 2, 2007

BERKELEY - As part of UC Berkeley's continuing process to gather data and complete preparations for the proposed Student-Athlete High Performance Center, a second round of geologic testing began yesterday, February 1st, near California Memorial Stadium.

This focused geologic investigation is designed to compliment the extensive existing data on the subsurface conditions near California Memorial Stadium gathered previously. The work is being done to confirm the suitability of the entire site for the new building with specific emphasis on the northern and southern most tips of the proposed building footprint.

A short trench has been dug at the southwest edge of the site, near the Prospect Gate of the California Memorial Stadium, and several soil borings will be drilled near the northwest edge of the site adjacent the stadium's north gate. Field work is expected to be completed in four to six weeks, followed by laboratory analysis and scientific reporting.

Seismic safety for all members of the campus community has been the driving force during every step of the planning work completed for California Memorial Stadium over the past several years, and is of the utmost importance for the Student-Athlete High Performance Center as well.

The safety of our facilities adjacent to a known active fault, such as the High Performance Center, are just as important to the safety of University buildings thousands of feet from the Hayward fault. In reality, ground motion forces and the corresponding structural design parameters are very similar at most locations on the core of the Berkeley Campus.

The campus has selected internationally respected structural engineers from Forell/Elsesser to complete the structural design. In addition to meeting all of the code requirements, the project has been reviewed and endorsed by an additional review body, the Campus Seismic Review Committee. This group is composed of experts in the fields of geology, seismology, and engineering that advise the campus on all major construction projects.

Over the past several weeks, a professional geology team from Geomatrix has evaluated the concerns expressed to the Regents in December, by the United States Geologic Survey, (USGS), and the California Geologic Survey (CGS), and Geomatrix recommended to the University that this additional testing be completed to respond to these concerns.

Campus Capital Projects and Athletics strongly support this recommendation, and are confident that additional data will lead to a better of understanding of the subsurface conditions aiming to clarify any safety concerns. We are proceeding immediately with the work recommended, and anticipate a full reporting of the results from Geomatrix in 8 weeks.

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