RetroFitting 360, Inc, is one of the premier Los Angeles retrofit contractors experienced in soft-story buildings. Since the beginning of LA’s Soft-Story Retrofit Program, our professional contractors have been busy working on many soft-story properties all over the city. This apartment complex on Pacific Avenue in Los Angeles is one of our jobs in progress. This complex is a standard soft-story building since it has more than three floors built over a ground level that has multiple windows and large doors. In order for these types of buildings to withstand the shaking of an earthquake they usually need a shear wall.
Without the required modifications completed by our Los Angeles retrofit company, this building would likely collapse during an earthquake.
In order to begin the process our Los Angeles retrofit contractors spent a great amount of time planning the work to be done. First we had to get the engineering and architectural plans approved by the department for compliance. Once the plans were approved, the construction phase began. Because the tenants here were going to be affected by the process they needed to be notified in advance. Once everything was ready, trenches were dug 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 intact during an earthquake which can easily cause a weak building to collapse. A seismic 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 from the city to retrofit your property you will need to hire a Los Angeles retrofit contractor. RetroFitting 360 will get the process started by completing an inspection of your building and creating a cost estimate for you. Our experts will conduct a walk-through of 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 worry free as possible. We will guide you every step of the way so you and your tenant’s daily lives will remain as undisturbed as possible during the retrofit. If you need to retrofit your property to meet the new LA ordinances, or you just have questions about your property and how a seismic retrofit can benefit you, contact us today for a free evaluation.