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20 12, 2017

How Our Industry Can Protect California’s Seismic Resilience

By | 2018-01-15T17:36:30+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Seismic Resilience|

People have been talking about “The Big One” for many years, but the level of alarm over California’s vulnerability to earthquakes has never been as high as it is today. Our state has more than a 99 percent chance of experiencing a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake within the next 30 years, according to [...]

15 12, 2017

Studies Show Many Cost Benefits to Earthquake Retrofits

By | 2018-01-12T00:07:45+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofit Benefits|

The devastation caused by last month’s massive 8.1- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes in Mexico City serves as a grim reminder of the importance of building safety to guard against death, injury and property damage. There’s no disputing that saving lives is the ultimate concern in preparing for an earthquake, but did you know that building [...]

1 12, 2017

Do Your Due Diligence in Selecting a Retrofit Company

By | 2018-01-12T00:08:19+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Seismic Retrofit Companies|

There has been a growing influx of startup companies sprouting up to capitalize on Southern California’s growing seismic retrofit industry. This has led to concern that some of these new companies may not have the professional expertise required of such a specialized industry. It can be confusing when you’ve got several companies knocking at [...]

14 11, 2017

Why Insurance Alone Won’t Protect You in a Major Earthquake

By | 2018-01-12T00:08:41+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Earthquake Protection|

Nobody should ever be caught without insurance. It’s an essential tool to guard against excessive risk associated with our automobiles, our property, our health, even our lives. But it’s important to note that while insurance may help to cushion the blow of an accident or worse, it does nothing to prevent these adversities from [...]

30 10, 2017

Ali Sahabi Joins LA County Business Federation’s Board of Directors

By | 2018-01-12T00:09:49+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Biz Fed, Optimum Seismic|

The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) announced today the appointment of Ali Sahabi, chief operating officer of Optimum Seismic Inc., to the organization’s board of directors. Optimum Seismic is Southern California’s leading earthquake retrofit company and a Founders’ Level sponsor of the BizFed organization. Sahabi, in addition to his role at Optimum Seismic, [...]

10 10, 2017

Building Owners Move Forward With Retrofits Even When Not Required By Law

By | 2018-01-12T00:10:14+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Earthquakes, Seismic Retrofit|

Earthquakes don’t heed the legislative boundaries that define a city’s limits. That’s why, many property owners not bound by any safety ordinance are taking action and having their buildings retrofitted anyway – not because of the law, but because it’s the right thing to do. In Glendale and many other cities, there is a [...]

5 10, 2017

The Three Basic Components of a Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T00:10:42+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Seismic Retrofit, Seismic Retrofit Components|

Every building is different, and the approaches to safeguarding a structure against earthquake damage are incredibly diverse. Naturally, every building owner has specific questions about his or her project: What will you need to do to my building? How long will it take? How much will it cost? It’s impossible to answer without seeing the [...]

14 09, 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 09, 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 08, 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 [...]