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12 May

Soft Story Retrofitting Project Lead and Asbestos Testing, Structural Observations, and Cost Recovery.

2021-05-13T20:14:29-07:00

In our previous blog in the series on Soft Story retrofitting, we discussed how the owner/landlord of a Soft Story building hires a structural and/or soil engineer and a construction firm to carry out a Soft Story retrofitting project.  In other blogs in the series, we also discussed the required steps to comply with the Soft Story Retrofit programs of the City of Los Angeles, [...]

Soft Story Retrofitting Project Lead and Asbestos Testing, Structural Observations, and Cost Recovery.2021-05-13T20:14:29-07:00
29 April

What Does A Soft Story Retrofitting Project Look Like?

2021-04-29T09:18:46-07:00

In our previous blog, we discussed how the owner/landlord of a Soft Story building hires a structural and/or soil engineer and a construction firm to carry out a Soft Story retrofitting project.  In other, earlier blogs, we also discussed the required steps to comply with the requirements of the City of Los Angeles’ Soft Story Retrofit Program and the Tenant Habitability Program (“THP”) (see links [...]

What Does A Soft Story Retrofitting Project Look Like?2021-04-29T09:18:46-07:00
15 April

Hiring a Structural and/ or Soil Engineer and a Construction Firm for your Soft Story Retrofit Project

2021-04-15T11:34:42-07:00

In our previous blogs (see links at the end of this page), we discussed the mandatory requirements of the City of Los Angeles’ Soft Story Retrofit Program and the Tenant Habitability Program (“THP”), which requires the owner / landlord of a Soft Story building to mitigate the impact of retrofitting activities on the property’s tenants.   In the blog entry below, we explain how the owner [...]

Hiring a Structural and/ or Soil Engineer and a Construction Firm for your Soft Story Retrofit Project2021-04-15T11:34:42-07:00
23 March

City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) Mandatory Retrofitting Soft Story Program and the Tenant Habitability Plan (THP)

2021-03-25T13:45:39-07:00

In some of our previous blogs (see links at the end of this page) we discussed the requirements of the City of Los Angeles’ Soft Story Retrofit Program, which identified buildings vulnerable to structural failure both during and after an earthquake.  In this blog, which is the second in the series on the City’s Soft Story Retrofit Program, we discuss the mandatory requirements of the [...]

City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) Mandatory Retrofitting Soft Story Program and the Tenant Habitability Plan (THP)2021-03-25T13:45:39-07:00
13 March

Los Angeles Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program

2021-03-13T10:39:36-08:00

LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SAFETY (“LADBS”) MANDATORY RETROFIT SOFT STORY PROGRAM UNDER ORDINANCE 183893 AND ORDINANCE 184081. In some of our recent blogs (see link at the end of this page) we discussed seismic retrofitting and how commercial property owners can prepare for an earthquake.  We touched briefly on the City of Los Angeles’ Soft Story Retrofit Program, which identified buildings vulnerable to [...]

Los Angeles Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program2021-03-13T10:39:36-08:00
24 February

Earthquake planning tips for the year 2020

2020-02-24T10:19:35-08:00

When we wrap up in 2019, it's important to start setting some actionable goals for the New Year— and if you own a home in Los Angeles, the earthquake planning should be at the top of your list. There were some big shakers in Southern California in 2019. We had two earthquakes in the range of 6-7 magnitudes and hundreds in the range of 3-4 [...]

Earthquake planning tips for the year 20202020-02-24T10:19:35-08:00
29 January

Why Most Los Angeles Homes Need Foundation Reparation

2020-01-29T09:13:51-08:00

Unless you live in Los Angeles, you're probably well aware that you're living in earthquake territory. As a result, retrofitting your home or repairing your foundation to make sure your house can withstand an earthquake is not just a good idea, it's a must. As a homeowner, your home is probably one of your biggest investments–so it's important to protect your investment wisely. On average, [...]

Why Most Los Angeles Homes Need Foundation Reparation2020-01-29T09:13:51-08:00
22 July

The Importance of Seismic Retrofitting

2019-06-24T11:47:10-07:00

If you live in an Earthquake prone area, then your property is in need of earthquake retrofitting.  With the correct seismic retrofitting solution, the total loss of your property and valuables can be minimized with a proactive approach. A basic definition of a seismic retrofitting is the modification of an existing structure to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion or soil failure [...]

The Importance of Seismic Retrofitting2019-06-24T11:47:10-07:00
10 July

Earthquake Swarms are a Reminder to Be Prepared

2019-07-10T06:17:04-07:00

In May, the city of Fontana noticed the beginnings of an earthquake swarm.  Currently, it has been approximately 1,000 small quakes.  While the swarms have been small and the majority are magnitudes under 3.0, there have been a few over 3.0 magnitude but still less than a 3.5. The U.S. Geological Survey now has the capability to detect much smaller magnitude earthquakes with technological advancements.  [...]

Earthquake Swarms are a Reminder to Be Prepared2019-07-10T06:17:04-07:00
10 July

With the Recent Earthquakes It Is More Important Than Ever To Be Ready

2019-07-10T06:16:43-07:00

Over the past few days, earthquakes have become the topic of conversation and worry. The first earthquake to hit Southern California was on July 4th near Ridgecrest 110 miles north of Los Angeles registering at a 6.4 magnitude.  Then a second earthquake hit on July 5th at a 7.1 magnitude.  The authorities are calling it a miracle that no one was killed or seriously damaged [...]

With the Recent Earthquakes It Is More Important Than Ever To Be Ready2019-07-10T06:16:43-07:00
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