Retrofitting of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Services We Offer:

Optimum Seismic’s team of contractors have many years of experience in retrofitting historic and heritage buildings to help prevent collapse and injury in earthquakes. Many of these historic and heritage buildings are located in downtown communities and are made of Unreinforced Masonry (URM) construction.

Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Buildings, including hollow clay tiles, stone, concrete blocks or adobe, are very likely to be damaged in earthquakes. Because of the lack of any reinforcing material like rebar or cinderblock, the walls used within these buildings are vulnerable to collapse, which can crush people walking beside or exiting the building.

There are many options for earthquake retrofits for URM structures. Optimum Seismic will work with you to analyze and recommend the best solution, including:

  • Better-securing the structure to its foundation
  • Joining building elements together to avoid independent movement
  • Installing steel bracing systems
  • Strengthening unreinforced masonry with composite materials

As a building or property owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that damage to your URM buildings and injury or loss of life for tenants and pedestrians is minimized. This can be accomplished by getting an earthquake retrofit of your historic or heritage building from Optimum Seismic.

Contact us today for a consultation and/or analysis by one of our experienced team members.

Optimum Seismic is full-service, providing expert engineering analysis and design, steel fabrication and construction for earthquake retrofit projects. Our team has decades of experience working with clients to customize programs that match their goals and needs. We blend today’s needs with future possibilities to engineer an optimal retrofit solution.

What Are the Steps to Getting a URM Building Retrofit?