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4 August, 2017

Getting the Least Disruption from Your Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T16:59:20+00:00 August 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+00:00 July 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+00:00 June 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 [...]

6 June, 2017

Interview with L.A. Department of Building Safety on City’s Retrofit Laws

By | 2018-01-18T22:07:35+00:00 June 6th, 2017|LA Retrofit Laws, Seismic Retrofit|

(As published in Apartment Age Magazine) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety last month hosted the city’s second annual Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Resource Fair, providing owners of soft-story buildings with access to information on the city’s new mandatory earthquake retrofit law. City Hall representatives gathered [...]

22 May, 2017

Why Earthquake Insurance is on the Rise in California

By | 2018-01-18T23:58:03+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Earthquake Insurance|

(As published in California Apartment Association's Industry Newsletter) A record number of Californians are getting earthquake insurance, and more and more cities throughout the state are passing laws to make buildings safer in a quake. In 2016, the number of people signing up for an earthquake policy jumped more than seven-fold compared to previous years, [...]

10 May, 2017

The Apartment Association California Southern Cities Names Optimum Seismic its Preferred Vendor

By | 2018-01-19T23:50:35+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Optimum Seismic|

Optimum Seismic, Inc., Southern California’s leading seismic retrofit company, has been named the Exclusive Affinity/Preferred Vendor of the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC) for earthquake retrofit engineering and construction, officials announced today.The designation distinguishes Optimum Seismic as a trusted leader in the industry with a team of professionals that has completed more than 1,900 [...]

25 April, 2017

California Apartment Association Selects Optimum Seismic for Education Series

By | 2018-01-20T00:46:47+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Optimum Seismic|

Optimum Seismic, Inc., Southern California’s leading earthquake retrofit company, is hosting a series of educational outreach initiatives to be held throughout Southern California.  The California Apartment Association will also be part of these educational events to discuss the various services they provide to the multi-family housing industry. Informational seminars, articles and other means of [...]

29 March, 2017

A ‘New Frontier’ Launched For Earthquake Safety

By | 2018-01-20T01:07:43+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Earthquakes are not selective about where and when they strike, and they are equally as indiscriminate on the types of buildings they can rattle to the ground. While it is true that some structures may be more prone to damage than others, the reality is that virtually all buildings have the capacity to fail [...]

1 March, 2017

California Cities Serious About Preparing Buildings For Earthquakes

By | 2018-01-22T18:00:01+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Prompting ‘New Frontier’ for Earthquake Safety The Los Angeles Times recently proclaimed the start of a “New Frontier” for earthquake safety: a phenomenon kicked off by the city of Santa Monica, which this month is expected to adopt the most comprehensive seismic retrofit ordinance in the nation. Santa Monica’s law is much more comprehensive [...]

24 February, 2017

Why earthquake retrofit laws may be coming soon to your city

By | 2018-01-22T19:23:57+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofits|

There’s a growing effort underway to make California communities safer, as cities throughout the state adopt new laws requiring seismic retrofits of buildings proven to be vulnerable to damage in an earthquake. San Francisco, Berkeley and other Bay Area cities were among the first to mandate earthquake retrofits for wood-framed, soft-story buildings – structures [...]