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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 000-92040; UCLA Center for Health Sciences, South Parking Structure
DSR ID# 15422; UCLA Center for Health Sciences, South Parking Structure
SECOND APPEAL ANALYSIS
UCLA Center for Health Sciences, South Parking Structure
University of California, Los Angeles
FEMA-1008-DR, PA 000-92040
Citation: UCLA Center for Health Sciences, South Parking Structure, University of California, Los Angeles, FEMA-1008-DR-CA 000-92040, DSR #15422
Cross-Reference: Subject: Codes and Standards; FEMA Record: DSR #22544.
Summary: The Subgrantee claims that the earthquake damage repairs to the South Parking Structure (SPS) require that certain elements, including shearwalls, be upgraded to resist the force levels in the current code for new buildings. UCLA requests $12,004,230 for the repair of the parking structure, and $7,425,000 in relocation costs. FEMA has only approved $134,351 for an A&E study, and, based on the results of that study and FEMA inspections, approved only $46,341 for epoxy grout repair of the cracks in the shearwalls. UCLA has appealed claiming the much higher costs based on their position that the work is required by the building codes applicable to this building, and because a portion of it had been converted into a clinic attached to the hospital. UCLA also takes the position that the cost of repairs exceeds the threshold set in the FEMA/OES Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for establishing eligibility for a seismic upgrade. UCLA has also appeal the denial of their request for a time extension.
Issues: Does the level of damage exceed the thresholds in the California Building Code and in OSHPD regulations applicable to this building at the time of FEMA approval set for requiring a seismic upgrade? Does the cost of the repairs exceed the upgrade eligibility threshold set by the FEMA/OES MOU? Can the cracks be repaired in a code conforming manner by using epoxy injection alone? Can the request for a time extension be justified?
Findings: (1) Most of the observed cracks were caused by problems other than the earthquake, and (2) the damage from the earthquake was minor, and did not exceed thresholds in the applicable building codes, or in the MOU. However, FEMA has approved a hazard mitigation grant of $7.7 million based on the unique relationship the SPS has with the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. A time extension is granted pursuant to the terms of the "Closeout Guidance for Open Time Extension Requests."
Rationale: Stafford Act Sec.406(e)(1); 44CFR Sect 206.226(b) & (c)