The Importance of Retrofitting Tilt-Up Buildings

Tilt-up buildings are popular because they’re relatively economical to construct and require minimal maintenance. However, because of their design, they’re extremely vulnerable to  earthquakes. While newer tilt-up structures were built under more stringent building codes, tilt-ups constructed prior to the late 1990s are primary candidates for seismic retrofitting.

Tilt-up buildings are popular in commercial and industrial uses, so they’re likely often occupied with workers or machinery and business inventory. Damage or collapse during an earthquake could be costly in both human and material terms, which is why there are multiple benefits to retrofitting an aging tilt-up building. These benefits include:

  • Limiting the risk of personal injury
  • Limiting the risk of property damage
  • Limiting the risk of litigation
  • Limiting business interruption
  • Reducing insurance costs