Peer Review/Seismic Risk: It is staff’s opinion that a peer review is unnecessary and that the seismic risk was properly assessed. The Board’s consultant team included accredited structural, mechanical and civil engineers, as well as architects and experts in heritage buildings. The consultant team was directed by Board staff, who are also registered professional engineers. IBI Group, which led the external evaluation, is an international firm with significant seismic experience. IBI Group, for example, has maintained an office in Los Angeles for over 20 years and has completed numerous projects including major school related work for the Los Angeles Unified School District involving seismic design. The seismic risk was assessed in accordance with accepted industry standards and the Ontario Building Code. Any peer review would use the same standards.
So how is it that all of these "highly accredited" "expert" engineers with "significant seismic experience" failed to recognize the obvious fact that Aurora is not located in California and that Wells Street PS is not located on a fault line?No school is entirely earthquake proof, and the odds are if a large enough earthquake hit, then most buildings in Aurora would fail as well, as proven by the events of this week. If there's a fault line anywhere it runs all the way through the logic of the Board's decision to close the school. When it comes to buildings like Wells St. Public School they may not make them like they used to, but idiots are a different matter altogether.