4 May, 2023

5 Tips to Upgrade Your Building’s Resilience and Marketability

By |2023-05-16T17:46:55+00:00May 4th, 2023|AAOC, Building Safety, Buildings Resilience|

Does your apartment building meet today’s standards for functionality, design and seismic safety?

Today’s tenants have higher standards when it comes to style, convenience and earthquake safety. A recent Suffolk University/Los Angeles Times poll showed that 80% of Angelenos support their city’s mandatory seismic retrofit law —and, there are many vulnerable […]

4 April, 2023

Is your apartment building at risk in an earthquake?

By |2023-04-26T17:02:31+00:00April 4th, 2023|AAOC, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience, Soft Story Seismic Retrofit|

Nobody knows where or when the next major earthquake will strike. And while there is clear evidence about what types of buildings are most likely to suffer damage from seismic shaking, it’s always best to know your risks by having your apartment building inspected to identify its own unique strengths […]

2 March, 2023

How much would an earthquake cost you?

By |2023-03-17T17:31:53+00:00March 2nd, 2023|AAOC, Earthquake Retrofit, Seismic Resilience, Seismic Retrofit|

Sixty miles up the 405 freeway stands the sprawling 95-acre Anheuser-Busch brewery where, since 1954, some of the world’s most famous beer labels are made: Budweiser, Bud Light and more recent labels like Bud Ice, Kirin Ichiban and Chelada.

That Van Nuys facility today is a testament to the financial benefits […]

1 February, 2023

Earthquakes highlight need for resilience in California

By |2023-02-08T21:18:49+00:00February 1st, 2023|AAOC, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Two recent earthquakes — 6.4 magnitude earthquake and a 5.4 aftershock — have seriously shaken Humboldt County in less than two weeks.  The quakes have damaged bridges, shaken homes off their foundations, left some 72,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and disrupted phone and internet service.

Only the nearby airport and […]

4 January, 2023

Project IDs potential at-risk buildings in OC

By |2023-01-11T00:13:17+00:00January 4th, 2023|AAOC, Earthquake Risk|

How many unsafe, soft-story apartment units are there in Orange County?

That question and similar ones about other counties in California led Optimum Seismic, Inc. and the U.S. Resiliency Council to team up with Esri, a leading mapping company, to combine resources to develop maps showing where thousands of potential soft […]

10 October, 2022

Earthquakes hit California daily — act now to be resilient.

By |2023-01-04T22:50:26+00:00October 10th, 2022|AAOC, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

This month, an estimated 18 million Americans will take part in the Great ShakeOut, a national safety drill designed to heighten awareness of the many ways to prepare for a major earthquake.

The month will be filled with messages about earthquake risk and personal safety, culminating with the annual drill, which […]

5 May, 2022

Is dry rot eating away your fortune?

By |2022-06-15T13:36:43+00:00May 5th, 2022|AAOC, balcony Laws|

Does your building show the telltale signs of dry rot?

Bubbling paint. Spots of orange-brown spore dust. Brittle or spongy wood that crumbles at the touch.

Tenant complaints of a fungus growing out of the wood on a fifth-floor balcony in Berkeley were repeatedly ignored until 2015, when that balcony collapsed, killing […]

3 May, 2022

Renovations and retrofits improve apartment buildings

By |2022-06-15T13:28:04+00:00May 3rd, 2022|AAOC, Adaptive Reuse|

Victorian and Queen Anne mansions were once all the rage. These stately and ornate structures, with brightly colored facades, turrets, spires and wrap-around porches, were built to impress — reflecting the optimism and opulence of a society experiencing unprecedented prosperity from industrialization and improvements in transit and communication. It was […]

3 March, 2022

Will your building be 1 of 16 red-tagged?

By |2022-03-10T17:39:17+00:00March 3rd, 2022|AAOC, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

Nobody knows exactly where or when the next major earthquake will strike, but we do know that quakes are inevitable in California and many other states.

It’s also clear what types of buildings will likely suffer the most damage from seismic shaking.

Beyond these basic points, it’s always best to assess your […]