Seismic Retrofits: A Smart Investment for Soft-Story Apartment Building Owners

Soft-story apartment buildings are characterized by open tuck-under parking or commercial space on the ground floor and residential units above. They are prevalent in many urban areas, especially in California which is a high seismic activity region and due to their structural vulnerabilities, they pose significant risks during earthquakes. One of the most significant concerns […]

Soft-Story Ordinances

A soft-story building is a multi-story structure built with a first floor that is open in nature, much less rigid (soft) than the floors above. There are many examples of buildings with soft-story conditions including multi-family apartment buildings with tuck-under parking or subterranean parking. Soft-story apartment buildings are prevalent in California known to be the […]

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 […]

Why Would You Need a Soft Story Retrofit?

Throughout the years in California, we’ve heard about many large magnitude earthquakes, such as the Northridge quake in 1994. California, of course, isn’t the only state vulnerable to earthquakes. All along the western coast, earthquakes happen in Oregon, Washington, and neighboring states. Although earthquake damage can be devastating, smaller quakes do serve a useful purpose: […]

What Are Soft Story Seismic Retrofits?

Many property owners in California have unsafe and outdated soft-story building. These buildings often have multiple unsupported openings on the ground floor of the building. This can result in the soft story building crumbling, collapsing, or even causing damage to other surrounding buildings. Safety Versus Function Structural engineers and contractors have an important job when it […]

Why Are Soft Story Buildings More Susceptible To Collapse?

If you live in California, you may be wondering as a building owner or manager if your building is going to be in danger during the next earthquake.  There will also be another earthquake after that!  The main topic you want to consider when thinking about the types of buildings that are one of types of […]