RETROFITTING

Retrofit Contractors: Non-Ductile Concrete Retrofit Program

Non-ductile concrete buildings are considered to be the most dangerous structures during an earthquake. When Los Angeles introduced its mandatory seismic retrofit program, many non-ductile concrete buildings were included. Over 1,000 of these types of structures are located throughout the city. During a major earthquake, they are the buildings most likely to collapse in on …

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Soft Story Retrofit Contractors Los Angeles: How Vulnerable is Your Apartment Building

Apartment owners come in all sizes and shapes, just like the complexes they own. Some owners bought their property as an investment while others may have inherited theirs from their parents or grandparents. What all apartment owners in Southern California have in common is the need to hire reliable soft-story contractors in Los Angeles. LA’s …

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Soft Story Retrofitting in Los Angeles

Retrofitting Contractors: A Cheap Deal Is Not A Good Deal

With the deadline almost here, retrofitting contractors are practically crawling out of the woodwork in Los Angeles. The seismic ordinances were passed in 2015, and now four years later only about 14% of the soft-story buildings have been retrofitted to meet the current standards. Many of these new companies appearing around the city are luring …

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Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit: How Close to a Fault Line is My Building

When LA’s city officials were compiling their list of at-risk buildings for the Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit program, they found over 13,000 apartment buildings that were in need of a retrofit. With Southern California being one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the nation, a retrofit is necessary for public safety. Many long-time LA residents …

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Los Angeles Seismic Retrofitting Program To Implement A Rating System

After the devastation of the Northridge earthquake in 1994, Los Angeles city officials came together to make the city’s structures more resilient. They spent one year assessing the damage from the Northridge earthquake to determine what buildings posed the greatest risks. In 2015, Los Angeles wrote two new ordinances designed to prevent loss of life …

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How To Recover Some Of Your Soft-Story Retrofit Cost

When Los Angeles rolled out their mandatory soft-story retrofit program, property owners around the city were upset. Most of them saw this new program as an unnecessary burden and expense. The average cost to retrofit a small building is about $130,000, while a large concrete structure could cost millions. But don’t despair. We have found …

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LA’s Soft-Story Retrofit Program Includes a Seismic Safety Plan

As part of the Los Angeles soft-story retrofit program, the mayor has put together a Seismic Safety Task Force. The head of this task force is Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey. They compiled a 126-page report, after conducting a year-long investigation into the city’s most vulnerable areas from a major earthquake. The …

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Time is Running Out, Have you Hired a Retrofit Contractor Yet?

Los Angeles rolled out their soft-story retrofit program in 2015. The goal is to make the city’s structures more resilient and to prevent loss of life during a seismic event. When creating this program they listed buildings into four tiers. If you received a mandatory letter from the city to retrofit your building the tier …

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