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1 August, 2016

Retrofit Workshops Link Members with the Answers They Need

By | 2018-01-26T19:40:54+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit Workshops|

There’s a lot of information out there right now – booth good and bad – regarding the City of L.A.’s new earthquake retrofit requirements for wood-frame, soft-story apartment buildings. City officials have reported an almost alarming number of business license applications from new start-up retrofit companies, and with them, a growing hoard of novices spouting [...]

1 July, 2016

Anatomy of a Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-26T19:50:27+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit|

Every building is different, and the approaches to safeguarding a structure against earthquake damage remain as diverse as the 13,000 soft-story apartment complexes needing retrofits in the city of L.A. In our public exchanges at community workshops, professional expos and in face-to-face communication with prospective clients, we inevitably get asked to provide descriptions of a [...]

12 June, 2016

Educational Seminars Announced for Soft-Story Retrofit Requirements in L.A.

By | 2018-01-26T20:03:24+00:00 June 12th, 2016|Seismic Retrofit Seminars, Seismic Retrofit Workshops|

The roll-out of the City of Los Angeles’ new earthquake retrofit ordinance has prompted the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles to schedule a series of community seminars designed to help inform building owners about the law, the time frame to get things done, and the basic principles behind retrofit engineering and construction. The [...]

1 June, 2016

Don’t Cut Corners on Engineering Solutions for your Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-26T20:15:30+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit|

Ever since the first notifications were sent out by the City of L.A., property owners have been contacting us seeking answers to various questions regarding the earthquake retrofit process. The most frequently asked question has been, “Where do I start?” A couple of owners shared with us their frustration over contradictory information they received [...]

1 May, 2016

Some Key Questions About L.A.’s New Retrofit Ordinance

By | 2018-01-26T21:10:12+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit Workshops|

L.A.’s new law requiring the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile concrete buildings is gaining momentum. Many fellow AAGLA members have already taken action, knowing that they will soon receive their orders to submit plans for either a retrofit or demolition of their property, or proof that their building does not need [...]

17 April, 2016

Optimum Seismic Presents Seminar on Earthquake Ordinance at AAGLA Expo

By | 2018-01-29T22:48:48+00:00 April 17th, 2016|Seismic Retrofit Seminars|

Optimum Seismic informed Los Angeles area apartment owners today about the City of Los Angeles’ new earthquake retrofit mandate and how it impacts soft-story structures such as apartments and office buildings. The presentation took place at the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles’ annual Multi-Family Expo held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, 665 [...]

1 April, 2016

How Have Earthquakes Shaped Civilization?

By | 2018-01-29T22:49:15+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Earthquakes|

Last month marked the five-year anniversary of the devastating Tohoku earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan, causing more than 18,000 deaths, $300 billion in damage and a devastating tsunami that set off the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. Coastal communities were flattened – more than 400,000 buildings collapsed and another [...]

29 March, 2016

AAGLA Names Optimum Seismic its Preferred Supplier for Earthquake Retrofit Engineering and Construction

By | 2018-01-29T22:55:29+00:00 March 29th, 2016|AAGLA|

Optimum Seismic has been named the Preferred Supplier of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles for earthquake retrofit engineering and construction, officials announced today. The designation distinguishes Optimum Seismic as a trusted leader in the industry. The Optimum Seismic team has 30 years of experience in building and structural retrofits, including apartment buildings, [...]

1 March, 2016

Dispelling the Myths about Earthquake Safety

By | 2018-01-29T23:17:23+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Earthquake Protection|

Earthquakes have baffled civilizations for thousands of years. What causes them? Can we predict them? What can we do to lessen their impact? Modern science and engineering have helped us to gain a better appreciation and understanding of our world’s mighty tectonic forces. We have come a long way in the study of seismology, but [...]

1 February, 2016

Seismic Retrofits: Now Mandated for Apartment Owners

By | 2018-01-29T23:18:14+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit|

Twenty-two years ago this January, Southern California suffered one of its deadliest and most destructive earthquakes: a 6.7 magnitude jolt that killed more than 60, injured more than 9,000 and caused as much as $25 billion in widespread damage. Freeway overpasses crumbled. Gas and water lines snapped, creating an apocalyptic release of both fire and [...]