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Seaside (Ore.) district moves schools to a tsunami-safe zone

June 23, 2021
Seaside High and Seaside Middle had been within a tsunami inundation zone, but new facilities have been built at a safer location in the southeast hills of the city.

All three schools in the Seaside (Ore.) district will be on the same campus when classes resume later this summer.

The Seaside Signal reports that new facilities for Seaside High and Seaside Middle schools have been built on land adjacent to the campus that already housed Pacific Ridge Elementary School. Pacific Ridge is receiving a expansion of its school as part of the district's improvements.

The schools were relocated after voters approved a $99.7 million bond issue in 2016 that called for the district to move schools out of a tsunami inundation zone to a safer location in the city's southeast hills. The total cost of Seaside's facility overhaul comes to about $131 million.

The new home for the schools will enable students to learn about their state's unique surroundings. It has wetlands, a protected salmon habitat and forest land on three sides of the property. 

The additional land to accommodate all the school buildings was donated by Weyerhaeuser, a forestry company in Eugene Ore.

BRIC Architect is the architect and Hoffman Construction Company is the builder.

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