The likelihood of a major earthquake happening in California is very high.
Seismologists say stress along the San Andreas fault has been building with little relief since the mid-1800s. The next “Big One,” which could come at any moment, could be of a magnitude of 7.5 or more – 45 times the force of the 1994 Northridge quake, they say.
There are many benefits to a quick response to the law (soft-story-retrofit-program) :
Retrofitting protects lives and your assets
Retrofits help reduce an owner’s liability for injury or death in the event of a quake
Some insurance companies offer more favorable terms for retrofitted buildings
Construction costs will rise with demand
Special property-assessed financing is now available to qualified owners
Optimum Seismic features expert design, fabrication and construction for all retrofit options. 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.
There’s a growing effort underway to make California communities safer, as cities throughout the state adopt new laws requiring seismic retrofits of buildings proven to be vulnerable to damage in an earthquake.
The Los Angeles Times recently proclaimed the start of a “New Frontier” for earthquake safety. Famed seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones told the Times it is remarkable to see how the political winds have changed for elected officials considering seismic retrofit laws. There are dozens of cities curious at looking at this,” she said. “People are starting to recognize how necessary this is.”
A soft-story condition occurs when a building has an open first floor (such as ground level parking, subterranean parking, or an open storefront with glass and minimal structural reinforcement) on at least one elevation, if not more.
A typical retrofit for a soft-story apartment complex would include:
Installation of steel moment frame, concrete footing and drag line
Installation of plywood shear walls
Installation of continuity ties
Removal and replacement of finishes as required for above work