Ali Sahabi, GEC

Ali Sahabi

About Ali Sahabi

Ali Sahabi has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor (GEC) since 1993, and is a principal at Optimum Seismic, Inc. He has completed hundreds of seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse projects for multifamily residential, commercial, and industrial buildings throughout California.
14 September, 2017

Tips To Navigating The Tenant Habitability Process For Your Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T00:11:00+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Seismic Retrofit, tenant occupied seismic retrofit|

Seismic retrofits affect more than just the buildings they are designed to protect. Depending on the construction process, they have the potential to disrupt quality of life for your tenants. That’s why the City of Los Angeles in 2005 enacted the Tenant Habitability Program to encourage landlords to mitigate unacceptable living conditions caused by construction [...]

5 September, 2017

Earthquake Retrofits and Insurance: Your Best Defense Against the “Big One”

By | 2018-01-04T18:20:28+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Earthquake Insurance, Earthquake Retrofit Benefits, Earthquake Retrofits, Earthquakes|

News accounts of the Northridge earthquake of 1994 presented shocking images of the widespread destruction, the loss of life, and the injuries suffered from the 6.7 magnitude blind-reverse-thrust quake, which produced the largest ground motions ever recorded in an urban environment in the U.S. Fifty-seven people were killed; more than 40,000 structures damaged. The quake [...]

29 August, 2017

Tips to Navigating the Tenant Habitability Process

By | 2018-01-04T20:43:32+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Tenant Habitability Process, tenant occupied seismic retrofit, tips|

Seismic retrofits affect more than just the buildings they are designed to protect. Depending on the construction process, they have the potential to disrupt quality of life for your tenants. That’s why the City of Los Angeles in 2005 enacted the Tenant Habitability Program to encourage landlords to mitigate unacceptable living conditions caused by construction [...]

11 August, 2017

Two Quakes, Two Completely Different Outcomes

By | 2018-01-12T16:59:47+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits, Earthquakes|

Building practices in Chile and Nepal underscore the importance of retrofits to withstand seismic activity Every month of every year, an average of as many as 10 major quakes between a magnitude 6.0 and 6.9 strike somewhere on our planet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The level of destruction resulting from this seismic activity [...]

4 August, 2017

Getting the Least Disruption from Your Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T16:59:20+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofits, Optimum Seismic, Seismic Retrofit|

The primary purpose of an earthquake retrofit is to make a building safer in the event of an earthquake. But there are many other important considerations as well – issues that could affect the functionality and operations of a building for both the short- and long-term. Guard Against Lost Parking Spaces Parking, and the [...]

27 July, 2017

Best Practices to a Trouble-free Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T16:59:07+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Seismic Retrofit|

One of the most important questions an apartment owner can make when deciding to move forward with an earthquake retrofit, is determining the best approach to get the job done. Most public agencies recommend the "design-bid-build" approach rather than hiring one contractor to do both the engineering study and construction project. The City of Los [...]

12 June, 2017

L.A. County Tops List of California Regions Most Prone to Earthquake Damage

By | 2018-01-12T17:35:00+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes, Seismic Retrofit|

Anyone who lives in California knows that our state’s calamitous reputation for earthquakes is fueled by the intricate web of volatile fault lines that crisscross our landscape. The closer you are to the convergence of two tectonic plates, the more likely you are to be impacted by seismic activity. Here in Southern California, the junction [...]

6 June, 2017

Interview with L.A. Department of Building Safety on City’s Retrofit Laws

By | 2018-01-18T22:07:35+00:00 June 6th, 2017|LA Retrofit Laws, Seismic Retrofit|

(As published in Apartment Age Magazine) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety last month hosted the city’s second annual Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Resource Fair, providing owners of soft-story buildings with access to information on the city’s new mandatory earthquake retrofit law. City Hall representatives gathered [...]

22 May, 2017

Why Earthquake Insurance is on the Rise in California

By | 2018-01-18T23:58:03+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Earthquake Insurance|

(As published in California Apartment Association's Industry Newsletter) A record number of Californians are getting earthquake insurance, and more and more cities throughout the state are passing laws to make buildings safer in a quake. In 2016, the number of people signing up for an earthquake policy jumped more than seven-fold compared to previous years, [...]

10 May, 2017

The Apartment Association California Southern Cities Names Optimum Seismic its Preferred Vendor

By | 2018-01-19T23:50:35+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Optimum Seismic|

Optimum Seismic, Inc., Southern California’s leading seismic retrofit company, has been named the Exclusive Affinity/Preferred Vendor of the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC) for earthquake retrofit engineering and construction, officials announced today.The designation distinguishes Optimum Seismic as a trusted leader in the industry with a team of professionals that has completed more than 1,900 [...]