Buildings Resilience

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 […]

2 May, 2023

Upstaged by pirates and ice cream, building safety matters, too

By |2023-05-16T17:08:40+00:00May 2nd, 2023|Building Safety, Buildings Resilience, SDCAA|

Happy Building Safety Month! This low-profile observance, an international celebration of safe and sound structures, rarely gets noticed outside of the industry. It’s the unsung understudy to causes nearer and dearer to people’s hearts like ice cream, talking like pirates, even Ferris wheels.

Yet buildings play an ever-present and vital role […]

1 March, 2023

Reduce, reuse – and retrofit

By |2023-03-10T21:06:45+00:00March 1st, 2023|Adaptive Reuse, Building Safety, Buildings Resilience, Carbon Footprint Reduction|

Combatting climate change is becoming serious business in the U.S. and California with ambitious initiatives designed to curb our dependence on fossil fuels that promote global warming.

In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law sweeping legislation to accelerate the state’s transition to 90% clean energy by 2035 and achieve carbon […]

22 February, 2023

Optimum Seismic Sponsors Emergency Preparedness Summit for California Special Districts Association Feb. 24

By |2023-02-27T18:24:45+00:00February 22nd, 2023|Buildings Resilience, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Resilience|

Optimum Seismic, Inc. will be a major sponsor of the California Special Districts Association’s Emergency Preparedness Summit 2023. The virtual summit is a professional development program presented by the USC Price EXED Forum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, chair of the Assembly […]

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 […]

7 October, 2022

Is your business disaster-proof?

By |2022-10-10T23:38:56+00:00October 7th, 2022|Buildings Resilience, Buildings Vulnerabilities, Businesses and disaster, Commercial Buildings|

Media coverage always goes for the dramatic, and coverage of the Northridge earthquake was no exception – flashing visuals of flattened apartment buildings, collapsed freeway overpasses and grotesquely twisted steel-framed structures dominated the airwaves long after the disaster struck.

What wasn’t shown – but was just as alarming – is that […]

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 […]

4 March, 2022

New, active earthquake faults found in Long Beach and Seal Beach

By |2022-03-10T17:51:35+00:00March 4th, 2022|AACSC, Buildings Resilience, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

Southern California’s mountain ranges are a regional treasure, providing a spectacular backdrop to the communities that make Greater Los Angeles their home.

These natural beauties are the result of a complex web of earthquake faults – ranging in length from less than a mile to hundreds of miles long – crisscrossing […]

3 March, 2022

San Diego buildings face ‘blind thrust’ threat

By |2022-06-15T18:46:30+00:00March 3rd, 2022|Building Safety, Buildings Resilience, Earthquake Risk, SDCAA|

The most recent maps prepared by the California Geological Survey reveal that San Diego’s earthquake risk is significantly higher than previously thought.

Recent information reveals  the region’s fault zones are significantly larger and far-reaching than assumed – stretching along the Rose Canyon Fault from La Jolla down through the airport and […]