Saunders Channel 4 News Feature
Channel 4 News discusses the importance of retrofitting soft story structures with Steven Saunders, President of Saunders Seismic Retrofit. Soft story structures are where the front of the building is very open, either with glass or garage spaces like in tuck-under parking. Drive through almost any neighborhood in Southern California and you'll find at least one apartment building with open garages underneath. But experts say that they could put you at serious risk, especially if an earthquake hits. The state's Seismic Safety Commission said retrofitting soft story buildings should become a top priority.
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