Soft Story Retrofit Contractor

How To Choose The Right Soft Story Retrofit Method for Your Project

There are several different types of soft story retrofit that are being implemented throughout the United States. The most common include: shear walls, steel beam and grade beams, braced frames, moment resisting frames, hollow core slabs, and supplemental truss systems. Shear Walls  A shear wall is a type of structural wall that resists lateral forces…

What is Retrofitting: What are its Benefits?

Retrofitting is a process of strengthening existing structures by adding new material or changing the design. It helps prevent further distress and damage during earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, etc.  It regains the strength of deteriorated concrete element structure. Techniques used in Retrofitting Various techniques are used in the process of retrofitting, such as external plate…

Things You Need To Know About Your Los Angeles Soft-story Retrofit

The soft-story Northridge Meadows Apartments complex collapsed during the quake when the weaker ground floor was entirely crushed by the two feet above it, causing so many deaths. Tuck-under (or soft-story structures) such as the Northridge Meadows Apartments are constructed with a first story that is less robust than the stories above it. The ground…

How Does Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Make Your Building Safe?

Soft Story Building Definition A soft-story building is any multi-story building in which one or more floors have windows, wide doors, large unobstructed commercial spaces, or other openings in places where a shear wall would usually be required for stability as a matter of earthquake engineering. A typical soft-story building is an apartment building of…

Are You a Soft-Story Building Owner in West Los Angeles?

We’ve gathered information on all soft-story apartment buildings within Los Angeles and unincorporated areas. We identified 13,500 facilities that will need some seismic retrofit to comply with new seismic requirements. Apartment buildings are typical in Los Angeles, west Hollywood, Los Angeles, and the San Fernando Valley. Thousands of soft-story buildings were built in these areas…