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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
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
1 February

When Was The Last Time You Thought About Your Home’s Foundation

2021-03-14T13:26:11-07:00

If you are a typical LA homeowner, you never think about your home’s foundation.  In fact, for most homeowners, the first time they pay attention to their home’s foundation is when their floors and walls are cracking, or when they are trying to sell the property and their buyer’s home inspector gives them the bad news that their foundation is damaged! Are foundation failures common? [...]

When Was The Last Time You Thought About Your Home’s Foundation2021-03-14T13:26:11-07:00
18 January

Your Home May Be Slowly Sinking And Tearing Apart!

2021-03-14T13:29:58-07:00

For most homeowners, their home is their most valuable investment. And yet so few homeowners are aware that their LA-built homes are constructed on shifting soil that doesn’t fare well under frequent earthquake activity. It is imperative that LA homeowners remain vigilant and have a periodic, professional evaluation of their home to determine whether or not this most valuable property is in fact sinking or [...]

Your Home May Be Slowly Sinking And Tearing Apart!2021-03-14T13:29:58-07:00
9 January

Damaged Home Foundations Are Seriously Dangerous

2021-01-09T13:17:55-08:00

As a homeowner in the greater Los Angeles area, you may already be aware that the soil composition in our region, our alternating rainy-then-dry seasons, as well as our frequent earthquakes, often lead to serious structural problems in a home’s foundation.  Moreover, foundations of older homes are especially vulnerable to moisture, soil settlement, and seismic activity and can threaten the structure’s stability and in turn, [...]

Damaged Home Foundations Are Seriously Dangerous2021-01-09T13:17:55-08:00
15 December

If your home was built in the 1950s or earlier – you should definitely read this blog

2021-03-14T13:17:49-07:00

Homes sit on top of foundations! The concept of building a home on top of a foundation has not changed in 100 or more years.  In fact, most homes in Los Angeles have been built on foundations whose job it is to keep the home safe from harm when a natural disaster hits, for example a flood, landslide, or earthquake. Modern foundations are made out [...]

If your home was built in the 1950s or earlier – you should definitely read this blog2021-03-14T13:17:49-07:00
4 November

What should you do to prepare your home for the rainy season? Here’s your checklist!

2021-03-14T13:22:56-07:00

The Fall period in our lovely city of Los Angeles is a wonderful season:  the weather becomes more temperate, we start to wear a jacket at night when the temperatures drop, and we get our Halloween costumes and candy ready for trick or treating!   For many of us, the Fall is also a perfect time to prepare our home’s landscape and hardscape for the rainy [...]

What should you do to prepare your home for the rainy season? Here’s your checklist!2021-03-14T13:22:56-07:00
16 January

A Fan-Made Seahawks Earthquake is Shaking Things Up

2019-01-24T14:39:52-08:00

What's That Rattle in Seattle? A Seismic Celebration! You may have heard about the recent wave -- please excuse the earthquake pun -- of rocking, rolling, stomping, hooting, and hollering amongst Seahawk fans inside the CenturyLink Field stadium in Seattle. This vibrant activity has been enough to be felt blocks away from the stadium and even to set off local seismic sensors in the [...]

A Fan-Made Seahawks Earthquake is Shaking Things Up2019-01-24T14:39:52-08:00
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