What is the status of the 2015 City of Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Ordinance?

In 2015, the City of Los Angeles unanimously voted to pass the Seismic Retrofit Ordinance mandating vulnerable buildings, more specifically “soft-story” or “weak story” conditioned buildings subject to destruction from seismic activity be strengthened structurally or seismic retrofitted. According to the city, they identified 13,500 buildings that qualified and required additional strengthening. For more information […]

How vulnerable is your soft-story (apartment) building to earthquake damage?

Soft-story apartment buildings are prevalent in Los Angeles and Orange County which are also considered earthquake-prone territories, specifically Los Angeles. Soft-story / apartment buildings are at risk of earthquake damage however; seismic retrofits will help mitigate the destruction for vulnerable structures. The main feature Soft-story buildings are easily recognized by is also the main reason […]

Seismic Retrofit Scope of work

Seismic Retrofit Scope of work (Typical)  Assumptions used in the budget to develop a scope of work Measures that would enhance the building’s performance during due diligence and site investigation for the structure. The proposed retrofit measures would include some or all including the following in order to reduce the risk to building occupants and […]

5 Tips for Choosing an Earthquake Retrofit Company

If you have researched your options for earthquake retrofit companies, you know that there are a huge number and a wide range of options available. However, not all organizations are created equal. From price to service offerings, each earthquake retrofit provider is unique. Here are five tips for choosing the seismic contractors that best suit your needs:  […]

Planning the Seismic Retrofit Los Angeles Requires

Many buildings in Los Angeles have what is called a soft-story structure. The term describes buildings that have a habitable room or rooms above a garage, carport, entryway, or lobby. To give your soft story building improved support, you may be affected by the seismic retrofit Los Angeles now requires. New ordinances will hold you to a strict timetable […]