Seismic retrofits: It’s what you don’t know that can hurt you

Seismic retrofits: It’s what you don’t know that can hurt you

By |2018-12-06T21:04:04+00:00December 6th, 2018|Seismic Waves|
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December 2018 Newsletter.

Ali Sahabi Drop, cover and hold on. If you remember anything about earthquakes, make it this. I found reports of last week’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Anchorage alarming due to the countless descriptions I read of people panicking and running out of buildings into the street. That brought to mind the tragic story of two workers who died rushing out of an unreinforced masonry building during the Paso Robles earthquake of 2003, resulting in a $2 million verdict against the building owner for not taking action to retrofit a structure he knew was vulnerable to damage or collapse. Thankfully, there is now growing interest in making our cities more resilient against natural disaster. It’s a mindset that dramatically improved the outcome of Alaska’s most recent quake. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your retrofit needs and how to best protect your assets.

Ali Sahabi, GEC
Principal, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

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Knowledge is key to understanding threats and developing strategies to overcome them. We know seat belts protect us from injury and that retrofits also save lives and protect property. Yet thousands of apartment owners prefer to stay in the dark about the risks associated with their buildings.
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Optimum Seismic is teaming up with the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles on free educational seminars about retrofits and resilient communities. To learn more, call us at 323-OPTIMUM or click on the link below.
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About the Author:

Ali Sahabi
Ali Sahabi has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor (GEC) since 1993, and is a principal at Optimum Seismic, Inc. He has completed hundreds of seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse projects for multifamily residential, commercial, and industrial buildings throughout California.

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