Magazine article American Libraries

Earthquake-Proofing Project Still Shaky in Utah

Magazine article American Libraries

Earthquake-Proofing Project Still Shaky in Utah

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Although the University of Utah got a $2.9-million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant April 6 toward seismic retrofitting of its library, the school has no guarantee it will secure the rest of the funds needed to make the building earthquake-proof.

The total cost of retrofitting the J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City is $15 million, but other necessary improvements--including wiring upgrades and the installation of firewalls to protect special collections--bring the total project to $63 million. The library has asked the state to cover $45 million of that amount, but it's uncertain whether the legislature, which has rejected the request for the past three years, will come through this year, the Salt Lake Tribune reported April 7.

"The grant won't make a difference in the state's prioritization of building projects," said state Sen. Beverly Evans (R-Altamont). "It's a major project, and it's a matter of whether we can get enough votes in the legislature for two large projects," she said, referring to a $50-million planned seismic upgrade to the state capitol. …

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