If you are wondering how long a soft story retrofitting process take, this on-point, no-fluff guide is for you.
First of all, the duration of the process depends on the existing way in which the LA building and safety regulations apply to the building structure. It also depends on how talented and experienced your licensed retrofitting architect is.
If you are a building owner in the Los Angeles area, here’s what you need to do to make sure you are in compliance with the current building code standards:
Hire a licensed architect or engineer
In order to evaluate the current strength of your building, you need to get in touch with an engineer or architect who is duly licensed from the state of California. They will develop plans that comply with the existing regulations.
Submit information to the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS)
The owner of the building must submit proof to the LADBS regarding the demolishing or retrofitting of the building. If a retrofit has been conducted before, the owner must submit that information as well.
LADBS will examine these plans against current ordinances and then help to obtain the retrofit authorization. LADBS also helps the building owners in procuring clearances from all pertinent agencies.
How much is soft story retrofitting process?
Soft story retrofitting process costs in Los Angeles depend upon two things:
- The level of risk
- The extent of work required to upgrade a property to current standards
It is best to consult a structural/civil engineer or a licensed architect to estimate the total cost. Before hiring a professional, make sure they specialize in seismic retrofitting.
It should be noted that seismic retrofitting is a time-sensitive process and it must be administered within a certain schedule. Monetary concerns are the last thing you need to worry about when it comes to protecting your building and the tenants.
A seismic retrofitting job will only cost you a few thousand dollars. But damage to your building due to an earthquake can be 10 times more expensive!
Weinstein Retrofitting Systems has been in business for over 40 years and we can help you with every step of the soft story retrofitting process, including the LADBS requirements. Our experienced and resourceful experts can help you save you a lot of time and money with our custom-designed structural engineering, construction, financing, tenant habitability, and cost recovery plans.
Call us at 888-690-1561 or drop us a line here to schedule a free inspection today!