Your Los Angeles soft-story retrofit engineering process should begin with a call to Retrofitting 360. One of our seismic engineers will visit your property and provide you with a free initial consultation. After they inspect your building they will contact you to go over all of your retrofitting options. Our main goal is always “how can we best retrofit your building to withstand the next major earthquake”.
We have found that not all soft-story retrofits are the same. Each building has its own unique needs depending on its age, construction material, and what it is used for. Here at RetroFitting 360, our engineers will look into a variety of options to determine which retrofit engineering process is best for your unique needs. The main goal of any retrofitting project is to make sure your structure will meet all of the Los Angeles city earthquake policies while preserving the building’s original architecture and functionality. When we are done with the retrofit you will never know we were there.
Structural safety is not the only consideration for our Los Angeles soft-story retrofit engineers. Delivering a project that is cost effective is also important. Once the best options for your building have been determined, we will create a work plan that uses the best materials and techniques while remaining affordable at current LA prices.
Our engineers won’t miss a thing when it comes to developing the plan for your soft-story retrofit. When it comes time to apply for the building permits a detailed plan of the process needs to be submitted with the application. The final cost of the project will depend largely on this plan and by being thorough, our engineers won’t miss a thing.
Los Angeles city officials have a huge list of documents and requirements in order for your building to pass the final city inspection. One of these documents is our professional certification. If the application and building plans do not meet the city’s specifications they will be returned for corrections. This tends to slow down the building process and increase the cost to you. Since that goes against our objective, we work hard to make sure the permit plans get accepted the first time, every time.
Another requirement that most owners are not aware of is the city needs to know your building elevations. Most soft-story buildings were constructed before 1978, so the original plans are likely no longer available. Our engineers can measure these for you and submit the information with the permit application. One more thing you won’t have to worry about.
Our mission is to complete your soft-story retrofit using the best construction techniques and materials available while keeping an eye on your bottom dollar. By involving you in every step of the process and tailoring the retrofit to your buildings unique needs, we can ensure your building is structurally safe all delivered at the lowest price possible. We will submit our work plans to you for approval before anything gets sent to the city.
To answer any questions you may have about Los Angeles soft-story retrofit engineering, contact a representative from RetroFitting 360 today.