Earthquake Commercial Retrofitting
Ensure Your Property’s Safety
- We Retrofit All
- Risk of injury is reduced.
Seismic retrofitting is the modification of existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure due to earthquakes.
With better understanding of seismic demand on structures and with our recent experiences, the need of seismic retrofitting is well acknowledged. Prior to the introduction of modern seismic codes in the late 1960s, many structures were designed without adequate detailing and reinforcement for seismic protection. In view of the imminent problem, Weinstein Construction can help.
The 1994 Northridge Earthquake left many apartment complexes collapsed at the soft story portion. Weinstein Retrofitting Systems specializes in soft story reinforcement and can strengthen any multifamily apartment complex so that when the Big One strikes, your apartment will still stand, saving lives, cars, and property.
Unreinforced Masonry Structures (URM)
Buildings built of Unreinforced Masonry (URM) – brick, hollow clay tiles, stone, concrete blocks, or adobe – are very likely to be damaged in earthquakes because the mortar holding the masonry together may not be strong enough to resist earthquake forces. Strengthening unreinforced masonry requires anchoring the walls to the floors and roof, adding interior partitions or walls, installing braces, or other measures.
Tilt-Up & Industrial Buildings
When earthquakes shake the ground, the various parts of buildings may move in different directions. If the connections (anchorage) between concrete or reinforced masonry walls, wood floors, and roof are weak, walls can pull away. And the building, or a portion of it, may collapse.
Tilt-up buildings are particularly dangerous because they possess many structural weaknesses since they have large openings for industrial sized doors and windows which offer little stability for the structure.
The contents of your building can be damaged or can cause damage in earthquakes. They may injure your building occupants or block emergency exits; it can be expensive to repair and replace items that are broken. You should be concerned about contents, not only to protect your property but also to guard against deaths or injuries. We offer the solutions for earthquake seismic retrofitting to brace your property, equipment, light fixtures, and acoustic style ceilings.