BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle is on a mission to make sure the city has a fully functioning police station in the event of a massive earthquake.
The current building at 4755 SW Griffith Drive is more than 40 years old. Doyle says if a magnitude 9.5 earthquake hit today, the building would collapse in about 30 seconds.
“It’s real. And it’s a scary situation,” says Doyle.
Doyle is calling on the city to build a state of the art police station that would withstand the strongest of earthquakes.
“It will withstand a 9.5 [magnitude earthquake] for at least 3-to-4 minutes which is the maximum we’ve ever seen in the country,” Doyle tells KOIN 6 News.
A few years ago, the city asked voters to approve a bond measure to retrofit the current police station, but that vote narrowly failed. Doyle says that was really a blessing in disguise. They’ve since learned the building is in a flood plain.
Right now, this is just an idea. It’s too early in the planning process for Doyle to have any information on cost, size, or location.
“We’re going to build it right. We’re going to redo the plans. We’ll leave no stone unturned to help with the funding.”