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2 October, 2018

Facing a Deadline? Don’t Rush Your Retrofit Requirement

By |2018-10-02T19:11:49+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Seismic Retrofit|

Are you feeling rushed to meet seismic retrofit deadlines imposed to by Los Angeles Department of Building Services? The cut-off date for engineering studies of older wood-framed, soft-story structures has passed for more than 150 properties, with many others fast approaching. Faced with these tight deadlines, many apartment owners may feel pushed to act [...]

2 October, 2018

The Risks of Evading Hazardous Substance Testing

By |2018-10-02T19:02:50+00:00October 2nd, 2018|asbestos, hazardous material, Optimum Seismic|

Because many of us grew up in homes containing lead and asbestos, we can sometimes downplay the health hazards these substances can pose to humans and the environment alike. We feel tempted to bypass the rules — demolishing undercover — hoping that no one finds out. Yes, these substances, once touted as miracle materials [...]

5 September, 2018

Philippines Building a ‘Quake-proof’ City

By |2018-09-27T18:34:20+00:00September 5th, 2018|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

The Philippines is all too familiar with natural disasters: deadly tropical storms and typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Located along the Pacific’s so-called “Ring of Fire,” where seismic activity and tropical storms hit with alarming regularity, the Philippines knows it cannot stop nature — so it is working to prepare for it through resiliency. The [...]

22 August, 2018

Tips to Cost Recovery for Your Seismic Retrofit

By |2018-08-22T22:39:12+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Seismic Retrofit, Seismic Retrofit Companies, Tenant Habitability Process, thp, tips|

A key worry among apartment owners faced with any major renovation, repair or alteration of their building is the impact that construction could have on their tenants — and whether the outcome of their Tenant Habitability Plan (THP) will require added expenses. These extra costs might include paying for additional precautions to minimize impacts, [...]

7 August, 2018

BizFed, Optimum Seismic to Host Workshop on Risks of Earthquakes on Small Businesses

By |2018-08-07T21:06:36+00:00August 7th, 2018|Biz Fed, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Workshop, Optimum Seismic|

When buildings crumble – when they are red-tagged due to damage from an earthquake – small businesses suffer, setting off residual waves of hardship that can devastate economies. The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) has teamed up with Chairman's Circle member Optimum Seismic Inc. on an informative workshop, "Risks of Earthquakes to Small [...]

16 June, 2018

Getting a Retrofit? Don’t Skirt Hazardous Substance Testing

By |2018-06-16T21:39:49+00:00June 16th, 2018|asbestos, hazardous material, Seismic Retrofit|

Asbestos and lead, once touted as miracle materials for construction, now stir feelings of dread among owners of older apartment structures. The discovery of these substances in the stucco, walls, paint, ceilings and other components of a building can substantially increase the cost of any demolition or reconstruction project. Once found, state, local and [...]

23 May, 2018

BizFed, Optimum Seismic to Host Earthquake Seminar for Business Leaders

By |2018-05-27T06:03:08+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Biz Fed, Earthquakes, Optimum Seismic|

The May 30 Event is Part of an Ongoing Series Addressing Projected Earthquake Risks, Social and Economic Impacts, and Recommended Steps to Protect Our Communities. When buildings crumble – when they are red-tagged due to damage from an earthquake – small businesses suffer, setting off residual waves of hardship that can devastate economies. The [...]

8 May, 2018

The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles Renews Sponsorship Agreement with Optimum Seismic Inc.

By |2018-05-08T16:22:17+00:00May 8th, 2018|AAGLA|

The Agreement Extends Optimum’s Work to Provide Educational Seminars on Earthquake Resiliency to Apartment Owners Throughout the Southland. The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and Optimum Seismic Inc. announced today that they have extended their longstanding sponsorship agreement and have extended their popular series of educational seminars on seismic retrofitting and earthquake resiliency. [...]

7 May, 2018

Optimum Seismic Sponsors Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Awards Ceremony

By |2018-05-08T16:09:13+00:00May 7th, 2018|Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce|

The 23rd Annual Sustainability Quality Awards Honored Businesses and Individuals Dedicated to Social, Economic and Environmental Responsibility. Optimum Seismic, Southern California’s leading seismic retrofit company, was a proud sponsor of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual Sustainability Quality Awards Ceremony, held April 26 at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel. The Annual Sustainability Awards [...]

25 April, 2018

USRC Announces Broad Support for Seismic Resilience Bill

By |2018-04-26T22:53:08+00:00April 25th, 2018|Seismic Resilience, Seismic Resilience Initiative|

Organizations representing fair housing, sustainability, design professionals, trade, business and labor are backing AB2681, which will help cities identify their most vulnerable structuresThe United States Resiliency Council today announced growing support from fair housing, sustainability, design professionals, trade, business and labor organizations for AB2681 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, a bill that will help cities identify [...]