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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Harry Reid today announced the University of Nevada, Reno will receive $12.2 million from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology to fund the expansion of the Center for Civil Engineering earthquake research facilities. The laboratory expansion project will make UNR’s earthquake research facility the largest and most versatile earthquake simulation facility in the nation.
“UNR’s earthquake research center is among the best in the nation, providing real-time data that is vital to maintaining safe roadways, bridges and buildings that can endure Nevada’s frequent seismic activity,” said Reid. “Thanks to this funding, UNR will have the facility and resources needed to build on the quality work they already perform and help keep Nevadans safe.”
The Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research facilities at UNR were formally established in 1984 and expanded in 1992 to include the Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory. Since its creation, the center has become well known for its work in increasing seismic safety, specifically in the area of highway bridges.