EVERYTHING HAS STARTED WITH BİNGÖL EARTHQUAKE IN 2003
We had seen the images of many students left under the debris of the buildıng
of Çeltiksuyu Primary School and of many people suffered from the earthquake
in the city of Bingöl of Turkey on May 3, 2003, on the media. Only students who
had survived from the collapsed building were those saved by steel cabinets...
Alter these photos, which were seen with sorrow around the world, European
Conventıon for Constructıonal Steelwork (ECCSI), which was Closely interested
in the earthquakes have requested to prepare a comprehensive presentation
from Prof. Dr. Nesrin Yardımcı, President of Turkish Constructional Steelwork
Assaciation, a member of ECCS since 1992, about Bingöl Earthquake and Prof
Yardımcı has made her presentation to the authorities of ECCS during the
meeting held in Brussels in May 2003.
Immediately af ter this presentation anather one was requested from Prof. Dr.
Nesrin Yardımcı, President of TUCSA, not covering only Bingöl for this time
but earthquake possıbilıtıes throughout entıre Turkey
These presentations caused a great sensitivity within ECCS and it was decided to construct a model school made of steelin
Turkey by the joint decision of the representatives of membering countries and then discussıons have started with Turkish
Allan Collins, Chairman of the Board of Dırectors of ECCS. have wrote letters to the Ministry of Development and Public
Works and Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Turkey, to the Rectors Office of Istanbul Technical University
and the Deans Office of Civil Enqineerinq Faculty of Istanbul Technical University. Following these letters Prof. Dr, Nesrin
Yardımcı, Chairwoman of Turkish Constructional Steelwork Assocıation has started the discussions with the authorities of
the Ministry of Development and Public Works and Ministry of National Education.
At the beginning of the project, it was thought to construct this model school in Bingöl however the authorities of the Ministry
of National Education have told that it would be better to construct the schoolın Kocaeli provınce sınce the saıd province
needs much more schools and, more importantly, this province was also on an earthquake zone. Then discussions with Erdal
Ata, Governor of Kocaeli. havestarted ımmediately. The Governor Ata, who appreciated the project a lot, assıgned the land
of Orhan Gazi Primary School, which was collapsed af ter having significant damages in the earthquake of 1999, for the project.
He alsa mentioned that excavation works, which were planned to be performed through donations, by themselves. Alter
these developments, the model steel school project of Turkey has actually started.