Thanks to the Soft-Story Retrofit Program, Los Angeles retrofit contractors have a daunting task ahead of them. With time running out to complete the city’s mandatory retrofit program, they are working on multiple properties throughout Los Angeles. RetroFitting 360 is one of the leading companies to specialize in earthquake retrofitting. As of right now, they have at least 160 retrofit projects that are in various stages of completion. Their contractors are qualified to retrofit apartment complexes and commercial buildings that have been classified as soft-story buildings.
A soft-story building, like this apartment building located in Los Angeles on Valley Spring Lane, is any structure with more than three floors built over a ground level that has multiple windows, large doors, and commercial spaces. Normally, a shear wall is used to give the building stability to withstand a seismic event. Without this reinforcement by RetroFitting 360, this building would be at risk for structural damage during an earthquake.
We understand the challenges that come with retrofitting an apartment complex and that’s why we invest a great deal of time in creating cost effective designs that fit the specific needs of your building in order to reduce construction time and the inconvenience that comes with it. We start by getting the architectural and engineering plans approved by the city for compliance. After the plans have been approved, the construction can begin. In the case of apartment buildings the tenants will be notified before the work begins.
Our Los Angeles retrofit contractors dug trenches prior to the beginning of construction in order to install new steel beams. The building here originally had wooden beams which do not meet the city’s new building codes for soft-story structures. Steel beams have the strength needed to counteract the shaking induced by an earthquake.
During this soft-story retrofit we added connectors to the building to shore up the loose parts that were found there in order to create a unified structure that remains intact during an earthquake. The shaking forces of a seismic event can easily tear weak buildings apart. The goal of any seismic retrofit is to ensure the safety of the tenants and to minimize the damage and repair costs after an earthquake hits.
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 Los Angeles retrofit contractors can help you get started with a consultation. One of our specialized contractors will assess your building to determine what modifications it will need. We will then provide you with a detailed plan of the work that needs to be done to bring your building up to the city’s 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 earthquake engineering fields. We will work with you throughout the process to make your 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.