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30 October, 2017

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

By |2018-01-12T00:09:49+00:00October 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 October, 2017

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

By |2018-01-12T00:10:14+00:00October 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 October, 2017

The Three Basic Components of a Seismic Retrofit

By |2018-01-12T00:10:42+00:00October 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 September, 2017

Tips To Navigating The Tenant Habitability Process For Your Seismic Retrofit

By |2018-01-12T00:11:00+00:00September 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+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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 [...]