Public Affairs Building Seismic Improvements


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California, Los Angeles
Document Title
Public Affairs Building Seismic Improvements
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Academic - Classroom Building
Document Description
The proposed project will provide seismic improvements to the Public Affairs Building that will improve its Seismic Performance Rating (SPR) (approximately 200,000 GSF) from SPR V to a minimum SPR IV. The seismic scope of work includes includes interior and exterior wall strengthening at key points, such as the stairwell core, by reinforcement with shotcrete and expanding the wall footings to improve the wall-to-floorplate anchoring; strengthening of overhead elements such as beams; and strategic cuts to exterior wall elements to allow these elements to move safely with the building during a seismic event. Other improvements to bring the building into compliance with current codes, accessibility, and fire and life safety requirements will also be provided, including the construction of accessible restrooms and accessibility upgrades along the path of travel.

Contact Information

Edward Paek, AICP
Agency Name
UCLA Capital Programs
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301, Class 1, Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
Pursuant to state law and University of California Procedures for Implementation of CEQA, the proposed project is categorically exempt under Article 19, Section 15301, Class 1, Existing Facilities. The project is exempt because it consists of interior alterations to an existing facility with no expansion of use. Due to the proxitmity of the building to a potential historic district, all improvements will be completed in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Resources, under the oversight of a qualified historic architect and/or preservation consultant. No other exceptions to a Categorical Exemption per CEQA Section 15300.2 apply.


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