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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 000-U5P35-00; Washington State Department of General Administration
PW ID# 1567 Version 2; Work Eligibility
Citation: FEMA-1361-DR-WA; Washington Dept of General Administration (GA)
Cross-reference: Work eligibility, Buildings
Summary: The Nisqually earthquake occurred on February 28, 2001, and caused damage to the Washington State Legislative Building. The freestanding columns at the east and west wings of the Legislative Building support a masonry lintel at the fourth floor that in turn supports a perimeter balcony. Beneath the perimeter balcony is a hollow, box-shaped area or entablature. The entablature is the part of the building that spans the top of the columns above the wing colonnade soffit system. After the earthquake, damage inspections were limited to visual observations of the soffit from below and the balcony from above. No damage was observed or reported to FEMA. The interior of the entablature was not inspected following the earthquake because of difficulty accessing the area. During the design phase of a renovation project, concerns were raised about bracing of the perimeter columns at the east and west wings and required an evaluation of the entablature. At that time and almost two years after the earthquake, damages to the entablature (wing colonnade soffit) were discovered apparently resulting from the Nisqually earthquake that consist of spalled brick and a crack in the concrete slab of the fourth floor perimeter balcony on the western side of the building. The Applicant stated that it does not intend to repair the cracking and masonry damage found in the interior of the entablature system. The work proposed in the appeal is a bracing system to connect all the perimeter lintels to the fourth floor slab and tie all the columns to the entablature system, which constitutes a seismic retrofit of a non-conforming, un-reinforced masonry building.
Issues: Is the proposed work eligible for FEMA reimbursement?
Findings: No. The proposed work constitutes a seismic retrofit. Since the proposed does not meet an imminent threat, it is not eligible as an emergency protective measure. Additionally, the proposed work is not eligible permanent work since it does not repair the damage.
Rationale: 44 CFR § 206.223 (a)(1)