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24 January, 2020

Make it Last: Extending the Lifespan of Today’s Buildings through Adaptive Reuse and Resiliency

By |2020-01-24T20:51:04+00:00January 24th, 2020|Adaptive Reuse, Seismic Resilience|

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

These popular lyrics, from the 1974 movie “All That Jazz,” reflect the continual push by society to tap into something unique, even when it seems that everything has been done before.”

It’s […]

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, […]

6 January, 2020

6 Tips for Hiring an Earthquake Retrofit Contractor

By |2020-01-08T14:55:18+00:00January 6th, 2020|Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofit Contractor, tips|

In Southern California, earthquake building codes should be taken seriously. Everyone who owns a building in Los Angeles needs to take responsibility to get seismic retrofitting work done to prevent or reduce property damage, injury and death from earthquakes.

As we know, earthquakes aren’t just a possibility here—they’re a certainty. […]

3 January, 2020

Why San Diego Needs More than Just Early Warnings for Earthquakes

By |2020-01-07T21:32:42+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Safety, SDCAA|

California recently rolled out its early warning system throughout the state, including in San Diego.

The so-called ShakeAlert warnings are being pushed through two delivery systems: a cell phone app called MyShake and the same wireless notification system that issues Amber Alerts.

This is great news. The early warning system operates on […]