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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
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 […]
Five years after the City of Los Angeles enacted what was at the time the nation’s most sweeping earthquake retrofit law, progress toward resilience has taken a resounding leap forward.
A “safety revolution” is spreading along our streets and back alleys, with steel frames and strong walls fortifying buildings that were […]
Many of us grew up in homes containing lead and asbestos, and as a result, we may sometimes downplay the health hazards these substances pose to humans and the environment alike.
We might feel tempted to bypass the rules by removing these contaminants undercover — hoping that no one finds out.
In 1971, the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys, California, suffered extensive damage in the 6.5-magnitude Sylmar earthquake. Forced to cease operations in order to rebuild the facility, the self-proclaimed “King of Beers” took another hard financial hit as competitors made inroads into the Anheuser-Busch market during this time. Faced with the […]