2 January, 2022

Quake retrofits may qualify for cost recovery

By |2022-01-20T01:27:20+00:00January 2nd, 2022|AAGLA, AAGLA, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofits, thp|

A worry apartment owners may face when doing earthquake retrofits, major renovations or repairs is the impact that construction could have on their tenants — and whether their Tenant Habitability Plan will add significant expenses to their project.

Extra costs might include precautions to minimize impacts, such as establishing alternative parking […]

1 December, 2021

Mayor Garcetti joins Optimum Seismic to mark retrofit milestone

By |2021-12-08T15:43:47+00:00December 1st, 2021|AAGLA, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Safety, LA Retrofit Laws|

Seven thousand.

That’s how many buildings have been retrofitted for earthquake safety since Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2015 signed a historic law requiring seismic fortification for 12,558 older soft-story structures in the city.

I joined the mayor at an apartment building retrofitted by Optimum Seismic to celebrate this milestone, which […]

2 October, 2021

Assembly member supports better building standards, incentives

By |2021-10-11T19:22:58+00:00October 2nd, 2021|AAGLA, Buildings Resilience, Earthquake Protection|

Anyone who has lived through a major earthquake knows the event is unforgettable.

“The sound of the rumbling of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake was something I never experienced before,” Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian said recently, recalling his time in college just before transferring from Cal State Northridge to UCLA. […]

4 September, 2021

Four tips to selecting a qualified earthquake retrofit company

By |2021-09-10T19:44:05+00:00September 4th, 2021|AAGLA, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofit Contractor|

Rising concern with the threat of earthquakes in Southern California communities has many new companies trying to break into the seismic retrofit industry.

Be careful not to let a poor job done by an inexperienced company become a costly lesson for you.

Plumbers, handymen, kitchen and bathroom remodelers: many of these outfits […]

1 August, 2021

‘King of Beers’ is the business model for earthquake resilience

By |2021-08-06T18:46:12+00:00August 1st, 2021|AAGLA, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Resilient Communities, Seismic Resilience|

Let’s talk business.

When the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys suffered significant damage in the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, the company invested $11 million in retrofitting structures on site to withstand the next major temblor – which came in 1994 with the Northridge quake.

Even though the brewery was located just a few […]