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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live through a massive earthquake?

You might not think about earthquakes every day, but when one does hit, you want to know that your family is safe and sound inside a home built with the latest technology available on the market today. That’s why we’re here – so you can rest easy knowing that if an earthquake strikes while you’re …

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Soft-Story Retrofitting Techniques in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has many soft-story buildings. Soft-story buildings are a type of residential building with at least one soft floor on the ground level, typically used for parking or storage space – and these soft floors make them susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Soft-story retrofitting aims to reduce the risk of soft-story collapse by …

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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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