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15 February, 2017

Santa Monica May Launch a New Frontier in Earthquake Safety

By | 2018-01-22T19:45:20+00:00 February 15th, 2017|LA Retrofit Laws|

Santa Monica is now poised to enter a new frontier in earthquake safety that could have implications for other cities looking at seismic retrofitting, the Los Angeles Times wrote in a recent article about the City Council’s tentative approval of what could be the nation’s most extensive seismic retrofitting effort. The draft ordinance, if [...]

1 February, 2017

California Cities Serious About Preparing Buildings For Earthquakes

By | 2018-01-24T01:18:06+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits|

Just one year ago, the city of Los Angeles began to roll out its new earthquake retrofit laws, considered at the time to be the nation’s most comprehensive ordinances on the books. Today, many other cities are adopting ordinances of their own – some even more stringent than those adopted by L.A. What did [...]

26 January, 2017

Optimum Seismic is Largest Supporter of SEAOSC’s Annual Scholarship Fund

By | 2018-01-24T01:35:00+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Optimum Seismic|

Awards presented at SEAOSC Annual Job Fair & Student Scholarship Awards Night Feb. 1. The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Foundation is pleased to announce that it will award eight scholarships to outstanding Southern California engineering students at the 2017 Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) Annual Job Fair and Student Scholarship [...]

17 January, 2017

Optimum Seismic Presents at Earthquake Safety Seminar at CALBO Educational Event

By | 2018-01-24T01:55:18+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits|

Earthquake safety, building retrofits and the growing need for cities to prepare for the next major quake were among the topics discussed during the presentation. Optimum Seismic, a leading seismic retrofit company for the Greater Los Angeles region, recently delivered an extensive presentation on earthquake safety and the need for structural retrofits to the [...]

1 January, 2017

Due Diligence in Selecting a Retrofit Company

By | 2018-01-25T22:29:59+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Seismic Retrofit Companies|

It’s been just one year since the City of Los Angeles enacted its earthquake retrofit ordinance. At the time, there were just a handful of seismic retrofit companies doing business locally. Today, there are many. This sudden influx of startups has led to concern among those in the industry that some of these new [...]

1 December, 2016

Why More and More Cities are Enacting Earthquake Retrofit Laws

By | 2018-01-25T23:03:30+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Earthquake Retrofits|

Optimum Seismic was recently asked to make a formal presentation about earthquake retrofits and building safety at a meeting of CALBO, the California Building Officials association. The organization was curious to learn more about process, various laws already in place, financing options and the impacts on insurance and tenant habitability. Based on the high [...]

1 November, 2016

Are You Ready? “The Big One” is Overdue

By | 2018-01-25T23:16:02+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Insurance of Older Buildings Made Easier with Earthquake Retrofits Last fall marked a brief period of heightened anxiety for us here in Southern California, when scientists announced that a swarm of seismic activity at the Salton Sea dramatically increased the risk of a major quake along the San Andreas fault. Newspaper headlines and radio [...]

2 October, 2016

Glendale News Press Article Features Optimum Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-26T18:22:35+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Optimum Seismic, Optimum seismic in the news|

Following the adoption of a Los Angeles ordinance requiring landlords to seismically retrofit their buildings over the next seven years, a small group of local property owners has taken the initiative to boost the safety of their own buildings ahead of the next major earthquake. While there's no retrofitting requirement on the books in Glendale, [...]

1 October, 2016

The Importance Of A Tenant Habitability Plan For Your Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-26T19:03:05+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit, tenant occupied seismic retrofit|

Having your apartment building retrofitted to withstand an earthquake can seem like a major undertaking. But surprisingly, it’s not always the cost of construction that has apartment owners concerned. Quite often, it’s the Tenant Habitability Plan required by the City of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department that worries people most. The City [...]

1 September, 2016

Glendale Owners Get Earthquake Retrofits Ahead Of The Law

By | 2018-01-26T19:22:36+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Earthquake Retrofits, Seismic Retrofit|

There is no local ordinance requiring seismic retrofits of buildings, but many are having their soft-story apartments stabilized anyway, for safety’s sake. Earthquakes don’t heed the jurisdictional boundaries that define a city’s limits. So, when the City of Los Angeles this year started rolling out the nation’s most sweeping seismic regulations ever, many property owners [...]