Component B


Seismic Risk Mitigation for Priority Public Facilities

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Seismic Risk Mitigation for Priority Public Facilities

As İPKB, we work on strengthening and rebuilding schools, hospitals, dormitories, administrative and social service buildings to make them earthquake-resistant, secure, modern and energy efficient under the İSMEP Project. By reducing seismic risks, we aim to leave these buildings as cultural heritages to future generations.

Schools our children are studying at, hospitals that serve to all our citizens, administrative and social institutions... We either strengthen these structures, which are used directly by the people of İstanbul, against an earthquake or rebuild them completely. We built and reinforced a total of 1258 public buildings against earthquakes with these İstanbul-wide projects from all districts.

Under İSMEP, we either strengthened or rebuilt 944 school buildings. Thus, we ensured an education in more secure building for over 1.5 million students by reinforcing approximately 3 million square meters of school buildings against earthquakes.

Thanks to the reinforcing/rebuilding work and disaster emergency plans in schools that is carried under İSMEP, Turkey is chosen as the Leader Country for the United Nations School Safety Program. With this title, we began to share our field experience with other countries.

We reinforced 74 hospitals and outpatient clinic buildings against earthquakes with our project. We are demolishing and rebuilding the 3 of the İstanbul’s most important hospitals with about 1 million square meters of total covered area.

● Göztepe Training and Research Hospital
● Kartal Training and Research Hospital
● Okmeydanı Training and Research Hospital

We are using a specifically designed seismic isolator for these hospitals so their service will be uninterrupted even during an earthquake.

Titled as the biggest hospital in the world, Marmara University Başıbüyük Training and Research Hospital is reinforced with seismic isolator technology so it’s earthquake-resistant design will meet modern healthcare needs.

We reintroduced the leading edge maternity and children hospital of Turkey, the Ümraniye Maternity and Children Hospital, to serve the people of İstanbul. In the architecture of the hospital, we designed special sections for children. The service quality and the technology of the hospital complies with the European standards.

İstanbul has been the capital for three empires and we realized projects to protect the cultural heritage in the city.
We took inventory of 176 buildings that are located in 26 historical building complexes. These include historical and cultural heritages such as Yıldız Palace and Topkapı Palace that are under auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. We ensured the seismic data is transferred to a special database so the experts can evaluate the seismic risk and use the results.

We also prepared the first “Protection Bylaw” that introduces the basic principles for protection of cultural and historical heritage in Turkey.

Our work within the scope of the B Component provides uninterrupted service for public buildings during and after the disaster. And we aim to build a bridge between past and future with our projects for cultural heritages.