Seismic Retrofit

16 June, 2018

Getting a Retrofit? Don’t Skirt Hazardous Substance Testing

By | 2018-06-16T21:39:49+00:00 June 16th, 2018|asbestos, hazardous material, Seismic Retrofit|

Asbestos and lead, once touted as miracle materials for construction, now stir feelings of dread among owners of older apartment structures. The discovery of these substances in the stucco, walls, paint, ceilings and other components of a building can substantially increase the cost of any demolition or reconstruction project. Once found, state, local and [...]

15 February, 2018

Seismic Retrofitting Approaches to 5 Common Building Types

By | 2018-02-15T00:22:02+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Seismic Retrofit|

No two buildings are exactly alike. In fact, some that may seem at first appearance to be identical can display significant differences based on a number of factors, including structural composition, materials, the wear and tear on the building, even the composition of the soil beneath it. It’s impossible, then, to give specifications to [...]

19 January, 2018

The Value of Safety in your Seismic Retrofit Project

By | 2018-01-19T23:21:51+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Seismic Retrofit, seismic retrofit safety|

Why it pays to select contractors that comply with professional and occupational standards. Construction, when done wrong, can be an industry fraught with workplace injury. On any given day, more than six million people work at some 252,000 construction sites across the nation, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 2015, 927 construction [...]

10 October, 2017

Building Owners Move Forward With Retrofits Even When Not Required By Law

By | 2018-01-12T00:10:14+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Earthquakes, Seismic Retrofit|

Earthquakes don’t heed the legislative boundaries that define a city’s limits. That’s why, many property owners not bound by any safety ordinance are taking action and having their buildings retrofitted anyway – not because of the law, but because it’s the right thing to do. In Glendale and many other cities, there is a [...]

5 October, 2017

The Three Basic Components of a Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T00:10:42+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Seismic Retrofit, Seismic Retrofit Components|

Every building is different, and the approaches to safeguarding a structure against earthquake damage are incredibly diverse. Naturally, every building owner has specific questions about his or her project: What will you need to do to my building? How long will it take? How much will it cost? It’s impossible to answer without seeing the [...]

14 September, 2017

Tips To Navigating The Tenant Habitability Process For Your Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T00:11:00+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Seismic Retrofit, tenant occupied seismic retrofit|

Seismic retrofits affect more than just the buildings they are designed to protect. Depending on the construction process, they have the potential to disrupt quality of life for your tenants. That’s why the City of Los Angeles in 2005 enacted the Tenant Habitability Program to encourage landlords to mitigate unacceptable living conditions caused by construction [...]

4 August, 2017

Getting the Least Disruption from Your Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T16:59:20+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofits, Optimum Seismic, Seismic Retrofit|

The primary purpose of an earthquake retrofit is to make a building safer in the event of an earthquake. But there are many other important considerations as well – issues that could affect the functionality and operations of a building for both the short- and long-term. Guard Against Lost Parking Spaces Parking, and the [...]

27 July, 2017

Best Practices to a Trouble-free Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-12T16:59:07+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Seismic Retrofit|

One of the most important questions an apartment owner can make when deciding to move forward with an earthquake retrofit, is determining the best approach to get the job done. Most public agencies recommend the "design-bid-build" approach rather than hiring one contractor to do both the engineering study and construction project. The City of Los [...]

12 June, 2017

L.A. County Tops List of California Regions Most Prone to Earthquake Damage

By | 2018-01-12T17:35:00+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes, Seismic Retrofit|

Anyone who lives in California knows that our state’s calamitous reputation for earthquakes is fueled by the intricate web of volatile fault lines that crisscross our landscape. The closer you are to the convergence of two tectonic plates, the more likely you are to be impacted by seismic activity. Here in Southern California, the junction [...]

6 June, 2017

Interview with L.A. Department of Building Safety on City’s Retrofit Laws

By | 2018-01-18T22:07:35+00:00 June 6th, 2017|LA Retrofit Laws, Seismic Retrofit|

(As published in Apartment Age Magazine) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety last month hosted the city’s second annual Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Resource Fair, providing owners of soft-story buildings with access to information on the city’s new mandatory earthquake retrofit law. City Hall representatives gathered [...]