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Soft-Story Retrofit And Why It’s So Important To You, Me, and Everyone Else in Los Angeles

Soft-story retrofits involve strengthening the weak side of a soft-story building so it can better withstand seismic forces from earthquakes. Soft-story buildings have a weaker (or soft) ground floor. That floor is not capable of carrying the load that is above it. It kinda looks like part of the building is hanging off and is …

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Collapse of the Champlain Towers South: Is Your Family Safe in Your Los Angeles Soft Story Building?

Collapses like the recent tragedy of the Champlain Towers South have put a spotlight on structural integrity and vulnerabilities, such as soft-story buildings. A soft-story building has a ground floor that’s structurally weaker due to parking or retail space. This causes the soft-story building to not be able to carry the load of any stories …

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LA Mandatory Retrofit Ordinance and How the 1994 Northridge Earthquake Changed The Way We Build

7 Major Changes After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake Since the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, we have seen a push for progress on everything from building safety to society’s ability to deal with seismic threats. Already since the event, there has been increased focus on improving buildings across the nation with a push for stricter building …

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Are There Any Cost Benefits to Earthquake Retrofits?

Table of Contents The year 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of one of the worst earthquakes to strike Southern California. In 1994, what is now known as the Northridge Earthquake, homes and businesses all over Southern California suffered major damage. This earthquake was a blind-reverse thruster that measured a 6.7 magnitude on the Richter Scale. …

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5 Ways on How Seismic Retrofits can Improve Marketability

Having your building meet today’s earthquake safety and building standard is crucial and is a must. This is because in a high-risk place for earthquakes such as Los Angeles, California, one major shake could potentially destroy lives and livelihood. Let us discuss how upgrading your building’s ability to withstand earthquakes through soft story retrofitting and …

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How Investing in a Soft Story Retrofit for Your Los Angeles Apartment Building will Save You Money

Los Angeles Apartment buildings with a “soft story” in might need serious seismic retrofits. If you live in Los Angeles, you have to do everything that you can in order to prepare for the “Big One”. Since we cannot predict earthquakes, one thing you can do to prepare for a seismic shake is to get …

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Why Seismic Retrofits are Good for your Business

One way you can protect your investment is to check if your building is sitting on top of a liquefaction zone and see if seismic retrofits are a great solution. When your property sits on a liquefaction zone, your building is prone to damage and risk for your tenants and for you. Liquefaction is when …

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Soft Story Retrofitting and Other Ways You Can Prepare for an Earthquake

Earthquakes are a natural phenomenon, and according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, they can occur anywhere in California. As a business owner who owns a commercial property, not only do you have to make sure the structure of your property is strong enough to withstand an earthquake because of the loss it can …

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