As one of the leading Santa Monica retrofit contractors, RetroFitting 360, Inc. is busy retrofitting multiple properties in the area. Like this one on Ocean Avenue, that are known as a soft-story condition. This Santa Monica location is considered a soft-story building because it has large open spaces and large doorways. Typically a shear wall is required in these types of structures to provide stability.
Without this necessary strengthening by our Santa Monica retrofit company this structure would be prone to damage in the event of an earthquake.
A great deal of planning and attention to detail goes into the process of any seismic retrofit by our company. Santa Monica retrofit contractors first put together an engineering plan that will need to be approved by the department of safety for compliance. Once the plans are approved, the actual work can begin. If your property has any tenants, they need to be notified in advance of any work that will be done. When construction is ready to start, the wood beams will be replaced with new steel beams to provide more stability to withstand the force of an earthquake.
Besides replacing old beams with new ones, the building’s connectors will also be replaced or shored up to create a unified structure that stays intact if a seismic event occurs. The shaking of the ground during an earthquake can quickly destroy a weakened building. One of the benefits of a retrofit is to minimize the damage from an earthquake while ensuring the safety of the people inside the building.
What We Offer
Most soft-story buildings in the Santa Monica area fall under the mandatory soft-story retrofit program enacted by the city of Los Angeles. Owners were issued letters to comply and given a deadline for when the work needs to be completed. Our Santa Monica retrofit 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 report that includes the work to be done to bring your building up to the city’s ordinances.
As a leading provider of soft-story earthquake retrofitting in Santa Monica, our goal is deliver a cost-effective and efficient construction solution. Our fully trained staff includes civil and architectural contractors that have the specialized training needed to modify the floor and site plans so they can be approved by the city in order to acquire the necessary permits
Our team at RetroFitting 360, Inc. will work with you throughout the process to make your soft-story retrofit process 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.