RetroFitting 360, Inc., is one of the premier LA soft story contractors experienced in retrofitting 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 on1450 Barry Avenue, in Los Angeles is one of our many 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 LA soft story contractor 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
Over 13,000 buildings around Los Angeles are on the city’s list of soft-story buildings that need to be retrofitted. Owners were issued letters to comply and given a deadline for when the work needs to be completed. Our LA soft story contractors can help you get started with a consultation. One of our specialized contractors will walk through your property to assess the conditions and determine what modifications it will need. We will then provide you with a detailed guide that includes the work to be done to bring your building up to the new Los Angeles ordinances.
RetroFitting 360, Inc. employees are licensed, insured and bonded general contractors and our management team consists of industry professionals with years of experience in the construction and seismic engineering fields. We will work with you throughout the process to make retrofit as painless as possible. Whether you received a notice to comply with the retrofit program, or you are just worried about your building’s foundation and have questions about the process, you can contact us to schedule a free evaluation of your property and find out more about our cost-effective solutions.