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24 March, 2020

Will My Soft Story Building Collapse in an Earthquake?

By |2020-04-06T22:36:12+00:00March 24th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

Los Angeles is considered one of the most earthquake-prone urban areas in the nation. According to the United States Geological Survey, there’s a 60 percent chance an earthquake measuring in at magnitude 6.7 or higher will strike the Los Angeles area in the next 30 years; there’s also a […]

19 March, 2020

Tips to Building Community Resilience to Disasters

By |2020-04-28T23:02:09+00:00March 19th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

The urgent need for disaster resilience becomes clearer with each news cycle. Business owners and community leaders must adopt strategies and practices that can help communities prepare for, respond to, and bounce back after disasters like major earthquakes. The following six steps can help your business or community achieve disaster […]

27 February, 2020

How to Prepare a Building for an Earthquake

By |2020-02-27T17:22:42+00:00February 27th, 2020|earthquake preparedness|

Preparing your commercial buildings for the next earthquake isn’t just a theoretical exercise in California. We know earthquakes can hobble businesses, damage the economy and injure or kill people in our buildings. Even “newer” buildings constructed as late as the 1990s have elements known to fail during major earthquakes. This […]

18 February, 2020

6 Tips For Disaster Management & Resilience Planning For Your Business

By |2020-02-19T00:19:37+00:00February 18th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

Could your business withstand a major earthquake today? Is your inventory secure? How earthquake resilient are your buildings? Do your employees know what to do if the ground starts shaking? Do you have an emergency plan in place that everyone is prepared to implement on a moment’s notice? If you […]

17 February, 2020

How to Make Buildings More Resilient for the Future

By |2020-02-17T22:28:11+00:00February 17th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

Big earthquakes in Southern California can put any building to the test, sometimes with tragic results. Loma Prieta and Northridge loom in our memories. Keep in mind that every day is one day, closer to the next big earthquake that will put your building to the test. That’s why there […]

7 February, 2020

How Earthquake-Resilient Buildings Can Save Money

By |2020-02-07T21:54:42+00:00February 7th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

It only takes a glance at the news to see what earthquakes can do to buildings unprepared for strong shaking. The cracks, crumbling and total collapses of walls, floors, ceilings and facades can kill hundreds of people, leave thousands homeless, and disrupt critical infrastructure for months or longer. Many earthquake-damaged […]

24 January, 2020

Expert Soft-Story Retrofits in Los Angeles Make Apartment Buildings Earthquake Resistant

By |2020-01-24T16:16:38+00:00January 24th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience, Soft Story Seismic Retrofit|

Earthquakes are a part of life in Southern California. “The Big One” can hit anytime. Buildings with a “soft-story” are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. Soft-story buildings usually have a large, open ground floor space like a parking area, with one or more stories above it. Without shear walls and other […]

22 January, 2020

3 Criteria for Choosing an Experienced Seismic Retrofit Contractor

By |2020-01-22T18:19:01+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Earthquake Retrofit Contractor, Seismic Retrofit|

The final judge of the quality of any seismic retrofit work is really the next big earthquake. Everyone living, working and owning property here in Southern California knows this, but sometimes this fact gets muddled with legislation, owner’s liability concerns, building codes, and the cost of earthquake retrofits. Obviously, there […]

17 January, 2020

Prevent Further Disasters with Earthquake Resistant Building Designs

By |2020-01-17T20:29:49+00:00January 17th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

In recent decades, engineers and architects have learned a lot about how to make structures more impervious to earthquakes. New materials and designs have been introduced to make buildings better equipped for future earthquakes to come.

However, there are delays in building authorities adopting these newly developed materials due to inertia […]

15 January, 2020

Seismic Retrofit vs. Remodel? 7 Things to Consider

By |2020-01-15T19:19:33+00:00January 15th, 2020|Seismic Retrofit|

Property Owners in Los Angeles have a lot on their plates with strict seismic building codes. In one of the most seismically active areas of the United States, those codes are intended to protect lives and minimize property damage and preserve the economy in the event of inevitable earthquakes. […]