More seismic studies coming to PRMS

Engineers will once again calculate the seismic risk rating of Prince Rupert Middle School (PRMS) in the coming weeks.

Engineers will once again calculate the seismic risk rating of Prince Rupert Middle School (PRMS) in the coming weeks.

Cam McIntyre, secretary-treasurer of the Prince Rupert School District, said the middle school is being reassessed because of changes to the National Building Code of Canada that will be announced this spring.

“That new code is expected to have some changes in terms of how you rate building from a seismic perspective, so the (B.C. Ministry of Education) wants to have engineers look at PRMS to determine the impacts of that new code on the seismic rating of the building,” he explained.

Engineers will complete a Seismic Rapid Assessment Report for PRMS, at which point the ministry will determine if its seismic rating should be changed.

In prior years the seismic rating of Prince Rupert Middle School was downgraded from high to medium, with the funding that had been set aside for the school no longer available.