1 May, 2023

Does your apartment building pass the 80% test?

By |2023-05-16T17:03:21+00:00May 1st, 2023|AAGLA, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofit Benefits, Earthquake Risk, Seismic Resilience|

Real estate trends are fueled by popular opinion. Wood paneling and shag carpet have long since made way for today’s bright walls and wood-style flooring. Functionality has changed as well, with tenants demanding larger open spaces, natural light, and now — seismic safety.

A whopping 80% of Los Angeles residents support […]

1 April, 2023

Earthquake disaster shows importance of L.A.’s nonductile concrete retrofit law

By |2023-04-26T17:06:38+00:00April 1st, 2023|AAGLA, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings, Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings Retrofit|

We were all shaken by reports of February’s earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria.  Nearly 50,000 were confirmed dead, and at least 164,000 buildings collapsed or were so badly damaged they need to be demolished. From the comfort of our homes, it’s easy to think we are immune to such […]

3 March, 2023

Is L.A. Ready for a $250 billion earthquake disaster?

By |2023-03-17T17:36:50+00:00March 3rd, 2023|AAGLA, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Resilience, Seismic Resilience, Seismic Retrofit|

Los Angeles County suffered more than $100 million in damage to public property from the barrage of fierce atmospheric river storms that battered the state in early 2023. Costs associated with that damage include debris removal, road and bridge repair and flood damage to buildings – including a sink hole […]

2 February, 2023

New construction alone won’t stop L.A.’s housing affordability crisis

By |2023-02-08T21:27:08+00:00February 2nd, 2023|AAGLA, Building Safety, Buildings Resilience, housing affordability|

New luxury apartment homes are sprouting up throughout Los Angeles – in the heart of Koreatown, Little Tokyo, in West Hollywood, Glendale, Culver City, even downtown. Amid all the new construction, the need for more affordable housing continues to grow.

From 2010 to 2019, the city lost thousands of homes considered […]

1 January, 2023

The ABCs of Earthquakes and Seismic Engineering

By |2023-01-03T23:54:16+00:00January 1st, 2023|AAGLA, Earthquakes, Seismic Engineering, Seismic Resilience|

Most Californians have experienced earthquakes.  There are the large ones – sudden, jarring jolts followed by more strong shaking that can last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. Farther away, these feel like a gentle “bump,” often followed by more rolling shaking.[i]

When a small quake […]

8 October, 2022

Adaptive reuse: the greenest solution to today’s market demands

By |2023-01-04T22:34:29+00:00October 8th, 2022|AAGLA, Adaptive Reuse|

Talking with prospective tenants can tell you how outdated your apartment building has become in today’s market. Tenants want open floorplans, upgraded fixtures and appliances, sleek design, and lifestyle amenities such as courtyards, pools, and workout facilities.

But the news isn’t all bad: Owners of older apartment buildings can capitalize on […]

1 June, 2022

Will Earthquake denial make disaster worse?

By |2022-06-15T13:00:27+00:00June 1st, 2022|AAGLA, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Many Californians live in a form of earthquake denial. We laugh them off, ignore their ever-present threat to our lives and livelihoods. After all, some reason, we’ve lived through earthquakes before. Why should the next one be different?

The stark reality is that protecting ourselves from earthquakes should be on all […]

14 April, 2022

Building safety upstaged by ice cream?

By |2022-06-14T17:58:49+00:00April 14th, 2022|AAGLA, Building Safety, Buildings Resilience|

Happy Building Safety Month! This low-profile, international observance for safe and sound structures, rarely gets noticed outside the industry. It’s the unsung understudy to fun causes nearer and dearer to people’s hearts – taking a back seat to ice cream, talking like pirates, even clowns.

But buildings play an ever-present and […]

1 March, 2022

Get straight answers on earthquake retrofits

By |2022-03-10T15:52:52+00:00March 1st, 2022|AAGLA, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit Benefits, Earthquake Retrofits|

I recently ran across the following question in a social media post:

Q: Is there a way to know how safe your apartment building is in case of an earthquake?

One person answered that if the apartment is still standing, it has survived everything until now — wrongly implying the building […]

1 February, 2022