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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 […]

20 January, 2020

A Guide on What to Expect During a Seismic Retrofit of an Existing Building

By |2020-01-20T18:16:38+00:00January 20th, 2020|Seismic Retrofit|

Living here in Southern California, everyone knows that the ground under our feet—and under our buildings—is prone to massive shaking.Estimates are that 90% of buildings in the City of Los Angeles do not meet current building codes for earthquake safety. As a result, owners of specific types of buildings, including […]

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. […]

13 January, 2020

Adaptive Reuse: The Future of Commercial Construction

By |2020-01-13T22:57:22+00:00January 13th, 2020|Adaptive Reuse|

Giving new life to old buildings is the essence of adaptive reuse, and the concept is steadily gaining popularity in communities around the nation, including here in California. Instead of demolishing old buildings to make way for new buildings, the trend is to take old buildings and adapt them, thereby […]

8 January, 2020

5 Important Elements of Earthquake Resistant Buildings & How Commercial Renovation Helps

By |2020-01-13T22:58:50+00:00January 8th, 2020|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Though engineering standards and their relationship to seismic activity have been a concern for well over a century, significant strides have been made in recent decades about understanding the forces of earthquakes on buildings. This increased knowledge has allowed us to not only design structures that are more earthquake resistant, […]