RetroFitting 360, Inc, is one of the leading Los Angeles soft story retrofit contractors specializing in earthquake retrofits. Since the city rolled out their mandatory soft-story retrofit program in 2015, we have been busy. Since early 2016, we have completed seismic retrofits on over 90 properties, like this apartment complex at 12319 Pacific Avenue in Los Angeles. This complex is a classic soft-story since it has three floors with the ground floor being parking garages. To keep this types of structures stable during an earthquake they typically need a shear wall.
Without the required modifications completed by our Los Angeles retrofit company, this building could possibly collapse during an earthquake.
Before our Los Angeles soft story retrofitting contractors began the construction phase of this seismic, a great amount of planning had to be done. First we had to get the engineering and architectural plans approved by the department for compliance. Only after the plans were approved could we begin on the construction. Because the tenants here were going to be affected by the process we made sure to notify them in advance. Once everything was ready, we started by digging trenches so the wood beams could be replaced with steel ones. The steel beams add more strength to the structure in order to counteract the force of an earthquake.
During this soft-story retrofit we also converted the previously loose connections of the building with new connectors to ensure a more unified structure. This will keep the building standing during any seismic activity which may cause a weak building to collapse. An earthquake retrofit benefits your tenants by making the building safer for them, and benefits you by minimizing the damage that an earthquake can cause.
What we offer
If you received a letter to comply from the city you will need to hire a Los Angeles soft story retrofitting contractor. RetroFitting 360 will get the process started by completing an evaluation of your building and creating a cost estimate for you. Our experts will inspect your property to analyze and assess the current conditions. You will receive a detailed plan that lists the work that needs to be done.
We serve the greater Los Angeles area and our goal is to provide you with a softy-story retrofit that is both cost-effective and efficient. Our civil, architectural and structural staff will draw up the required plans of the modifications needed in order for the permits to be acquired.
At RetroFitting 360 we are committed to making the soft-story retrofit process as stress free as possible. We work with you every step of the way so you and your tenant’s daily lives will remain as undisturbed during the retrofit. If you received a letter to comply from the city, or you just have questions about your property and how a seismic retrofit can benefit you, contact us today for a free evaluation.