January 17th marked the 30-Year Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake

“What would have happened if the Earthquake struck during normal working hours?” Fortunately, it was a holiday in 1994 and the notorious Northridge quake struck at 4:31 AM PST. It was a magnitude 6.7 earthquake and the shaking lasted 10–20 seconds. The quake’s epicenter, located in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, delivered a powerful shockwave that caused […]

Why Choose Saunders? We are the Seismic Solution Specialists!

Saunders Construction Inc., is a commercial industrial contractor specializing in seismic solutions. We pride ourselves on being the go-to “seismic solution specialists” for every type of building. Ultimately, we perform seismic retrofits and structural repairs to existing buildings to make them more resistant to seismic activity. However, our procedures have been refined for four decades […]

What are 6-Major Benefits to performing seismic retrofits?

What are the top benefits seismic retrofitting your commercial building? 6-Major Benefits of Seismic Retrofits 1. Mitigate Risk & Liability: Seismic retrofits significantly mitigate risk and liability associated with earthquake damage. By proactively strengthening a property’s structural integrity, owners and stakeholders can minimize the potential for injuries, fatalities, and property damage during seismic events. This […]

What is Functional Recovery?

According to Ryan Kersting,(Associate Principal, Buehler Engineering) Functional recovery is a post-event (e.g., post-earthquake) performance state in which a building or lifeline infrastructure system is maintained, or restored, to safely and adequately support the basic intended functions associated with the pre-event use or occupancy of a building, or the pre-event service level of a lifeline […]

Structural Risks to Commercial Buildings in Extreme Heat

Summer has just begun and according to recent news outlets, millions of people and structures across the country are experiencing severe weather including thunderstorms and a deadly heat wave that is sweeping the South. Just as the heat takes a major toll on us, extreme weather, and operational conditions affect the structural members of buildings. […]

Saunders Proud Sponsor of SEAOSC Technical Summit & President’s Luncheon

SEAOSC Technical Summit took place on June 22nd this year and the focus was on three important topics that are defining the current landscape of structural engineering and seismic safety. The philosophy of Functional Recovery which the industry codes are shifting towards this approach. Functional recovery is a post-event (e.g., post-earthquake) performance state in which […]

Seismic Retrofits for Occupied Buildings!

Performing seismic retrofits on a building can be a daunting and intimidating project for commercial building owners and real estate professionals to take on and manage. And, then add to the mix the building is occupied with tenant(s) operating thriving businesses. It is important to perform annual building assessments to determine the structural integrity of […]

What are the main methods of seismic strengthening in soft-story buildings? (Multi-family Commercial Real Estate Sector)

A soft-story retrofit refers to a building that is a multi-story structure built with a first floor that is open in nature, much less rigid than the floors above. For example, multi-family apartment buildings with tuck-under parking or subterranean parking and retail centers with a large store front on the first floor are typical soft-story […]

Are you located in an area with hazard-resistant building codes?

HAZARD-RESISTANT building codes are designed for buildings to be constructed to withstand earthquakes, flooding, and high winds. According to FEMA, they conducted an analysis based on 18-million actual buildings, the frequency of hazard events in each area and the type of building code in place which showed a 20-year period that WITH hazard-resistant building codes […]