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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
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
25 October

Los Angeles Retrofit Companies: Is your business using a fault map up to date?

2019-10-25T09:14:45-07:00

On October 18, early in the morning, a 3.7 earthquake struck Compton. Thankfully, this severity is not enough to cause any significant harm. But the earthquake is a warning that everyone should be alert in the San Fernando Valley. Now is the time to employ one of the many retrofit companies in Los Angeles if you haven't begun your retrofit. The early morning tremor was [...]

Los Angeles Retrofit Companies: Is your business using a fault map up to date?2019-10-25T09:14:45-07:00
27 May

Why Retrofit is Good For You

2021-03-25T20:42:49-07:00

It has been said that “soft-story” buildings are a severe earthquake hazard. If history tells us anything, it’s that these buildings must be retrofit as soon as possible. If the lateral movement during an earthquake is particularly strong, the fragile foundation in the soft floors could crumble like a house of cards. This will lead the upper stories to collapse onto the lower levels, crushing [...]

Why Retrofit is Good For You2021-03-25T20:42:49-07:00
22 May

Understanding Soft Story Retrofit

2021-03-25T20:42:48-07:00

What do you know about soft story retrofit? The best way to understand this concept, you need to understand why it came about. On January 17th, 1994, an earthquake with -6.7 magnitude hit the Reseda region of Los Angeles. In what later came to be known as The Northridge Earthquake, at least 57 people lost their lives and thousands were injured. This catastrophic earthquake brought [...]

Understanding Soft Story Retrofit2021-03-25T20:42:48-07:00
20 May

Soft Story Retrofit: Frequently Asked Questions

2021-03-25T20:42:48-07:00

In this post, you’ll find the top questions we frequently get from our new clients about the Soft Story Retrofit Program. What is a soft story building? It’s a structure with a weaker first level. This type of building is useless to carry the weight of the floors above during particularly strong seismic shifts, or as we commonly call them, earthquakes. The first story generally [...]

Soft Story Retrofit: Frequently Asked Questions2021-03-25T20:42:48-07:00
15 May

Soft Story Retrofit: The Complete Guide For Property Owners

2021-03-25T20:42:47-07:00

The steps involved in getting your building retrofitted can be quite overwhelming for many property owners in Los Angeles. Here’s a short guide to help you understand everything you need to know about the soft story retrofit. There are some areas in California that are more prone to lateral forces created by an earthquake; specifically, certain kinds of constructions that are more prone to earthquake [...]

Soft Story Retrofit: The Complete Guide For Property Owners2021-03-25T20:42:47-07:00
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