Seismic Retrofit

14 September, 2017

Tips To Navigating The Tenant Habitability Process For Your Seismic Retrofit

By |2018-01-12T00:11:00+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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 [...]

1 October, 2016

The Importance Of A Tenant Habitability Plan For Your Seismic Retrofit

By |2018-01-26T19:03:05+00:00October 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit, tenant occupied seismic retrofit|

Having your apartment building retrofitted to withstand an earthquake can seem like a major undertaking. But surprisingly, it’s not always the cost of construction that has apartment owners concerned. Quite often, it’s the Tenant Habitability Plan required by the City of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department that worries people most. The City [...]

1 September, 2016

Glendale Owners Get Earthquake Retrofits Ahead Of The Law

By |2018-01-26T19:22:36+00:00September 1st, 2016|Earthquake Retrofits, Seismic Retrofit|

There is no local ordinance requiring seismic retrofits of buildings, but many are having their soft-story apartments stabilized anyway, for safety’s sake. Earthquakes don’t heed the jurisdictional boundaries that define a city’s limits. So, when the City of Los Angeles this year started rolling out the nation’s most sweeping seismic regulations ever, many property owners [...]

1 July, 2016

Anatomy of a Seismic Retrofit

By |2018-01-26T19:50:27+00:00July 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit|

Every building is different, and the approaches to safeguarding a structure against earthquake damage remain as diverse as the 13,000 soft-story apartment complexes needing retrofits in the city of L.A. In our public exchanges at community workshops, professional expos and in face-to-face communication with prospective clients, we inevitably get asked to provide descriptions of a [...]

1 June, 2016

Don’t Cut Corners on Engineering Solutions for your Seismic Retrofit

By |2018-01-26T20:15:30+00:00June 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit|

Ever since the first notifications were sent out by the City of L.A., property owners have been contacting us seeking answers to various questions regarding the earthquake retrofit process. The most frequently asked question has been, “Where do I start?” A couple of owners shared with us their frustration over contradictory information they received [...]

1 February, 2016

Seismic Retrofits: Now Mandated for Apartment Owners

By |2018-01-29T23:18:14+00:00February 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit|

Twenty-two years ago this January, Southern California suffered one of its deadliest and most destructive earthquakes: a 6.7 magnitude jolt that killed more than 60, injured more than 9,000 and caused as much as $25 billion in widespread damage. Freeway overpasses crumbled. Gas and water lines snapped, creating an apocalyptic release of both fire and [...]