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Portland's Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Work Group to Hold First Meeting Dec. 17, 2019


December 11, 2019

Contact: Alex Cousins, 503-823-5929

Portland's Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building
Work Group to Hold First Meeting Dec. 17, 2019

This fall, Portland City Council appointed 27 Portlanders with diverse backgrounds and interests to a new work group on unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. On December 17, the URM Building Work Group will hold its first meeting, kicking off a new City initiative to address the risks associated with URM buildings. The meetings are open to the public:

  • WHAT: URM Building Work Group
  • WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: Development Services, Rooms 2500 B & C, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97201

The group is expected to spend a year focused on recommendations to promote seismic retrofits for URMs. URMs are the most dangerous buildings in an earthquake. There are believed to be at least 1,600 URM buildings in Portland. 

In contrast to past efforts, the new work group will focus on programs to support voluntary seismic retrofits, rather than on standards for mandatory retrofits. The work group will consider the needs of non-profits, as well as how to support for-profit businesses. 

For more information on this effort, please call 503-823-4375, email, or visit

Media inquiries please contact:

Dan Douthit, Public Information Officer
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management; 503-793-1650

Alex Cousins, Communications Manager
Portland Bureau of Development Services; 503-823-5929

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