CSULB's Soroptimist House Red-Tagged from Quakes

Last week's two major earthquakes near Ridgecrest accelerated the planned closure of Cal State Long Beach's Soroptimist House, causing the modernist one-story structure to be red-tagged, it was reported Wednesday.

"The building has further settled, structural connections have been further compromised and load-bearing columns can no longer handle proper loads," Mark Zakhour, director of design and construction services, wrote to administrators, according to the Long Beach Post.

Plans had already been approved to replace the Soroptimist House this fall with a 6,000-square-foot alumni center.

Soroptimist International of Long Beach is "an organization of women who use their collective power to provide other women and girls with the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams," according to the group's website.

The house, built in 1957, was originally used as a student union on the fledgling campus.

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