Apartment Owners Learn How to Protect Their Properties and Tenants.

Some 50 members of the Apartment Association of Orange County attended an informational workshop conducted by Optimum Seismic, Inc. on Nov. 19 about how property owners can have seismic retrofitting improvements performed to protect their rental property investments and tenants.

In addition to more cities throughout California either implementing or considering adoption of local retrofitting ordinances, state law will soon require all multifamily properties to undergo structural safety inspections of their decks, balconies, stairways, and more.
Property owners and managers were able to hear the facts about seismic retrofitting and explore the best course of action for their rental properties. Key topics covered included:

  • Soft story buildings and the importance of seismic retrofitting
  • Provisions of current seismic retrofitting ordinances coming
  • Areas of structural vulnerability on apartment buildings
  • The types of buildings that can be retrofitted and what is involved
  • Reasons to Retrofit – Protect your residents, staff, and investment while avoiding liability
  • The cost of of seismic retrofitting and financing alternatives
  • Deck, balcony and stairway inspections – Getting ready for the SB 721 compliance deadline
AAOC and Optimum Seismic Hold Workshop On Earthquake Vulnerability and Retrofitting

EARTHQUAKE PROTECTION — Members of the Apartment Association of Orange County met with representatives of Optimum Seismic, Inc. on Nov. 19 about how seismic retrofits can protect their properties and tenants during earthquakes.

“The Apartment Association of Orange County is pleased to have the support of a professional seismic engineering and construction firm such as Optimum Seismic, Inc. in conducting this workshop,” says AAOC Executive Director David Cordero. “Optimum’s professional assistance will help our organization better serve the needs of our members in the multi-family housing industry.”

David Cordero, Executive Director, AAOC

“Optimum Seismic is very proud of its positive relationships with a number of leading Apartment Associations in California,” says Ali Sahabi, Optimum Seismic’s chief operating officer and a recognized authority in sustainable and resilient development. “We look forward to this opportunity to work with the AAOC members to protect their investments in rental housing and enhance the safety of their tenants.”

Ali Sahabi COO at Optimum Seismic

Ali Sahabi, Chief Operating Officer, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

About Apartment Association of Orange County

The AAOC is affiliated with the California Rental Housing Association and the National Apartment Association. AAOC provides a number of services to its members in the multi-family industry: issues an Apartment News Magazine; assists with credit checks; holds educational events; monitors legislative affairs; and publishes a service provider directory. Further information on AAOC is available at www.aaoc.com or by calling (714) 245-9500.

About Optimum Seismic

The Optimum Seismic team has been making California cities safer since 1984 by providing full-service seismic retrofit engineering and construction services on multifamily residential, commercial and industrial buildings throughout the state. Optimum experts have completed more than 3,000 projects. Optimum Seismic’s earthquake retrofit services include work on soft story multifamily apartment buildings, unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings and tilt up, non ductile concrete and steel moment frame commercial buildings. For information, contact Optimum Seismic at (323) 678-4686 or visit www.OptimumSeismic.com.