Simply stated, it's a process that ties a home together. It increase the resistance to earthquake damage and decreases the risk of injury. In short, it significantly strengthens the house.
Was your apartment built before 1991? Then the answer is most likely YES. Most buildings that were built before 1991 have soft stories. The lower story of a building should have shear wall support. If you have an open parking garage, big windows, or any big spaces on the lower level of your building then you are at risk. If you are not sure if [...]
Each project will vary on a case to case basis, depending upon the scope of work. For example, a small apartment building with six units and one ordinary steel moment-resisting frame (OMF) and concrete grade beam footing may cost as low as $30,000 to retrofit, while other, larger apartment buildings, may be in the range of several hundred-thousand dollars to complete. Each project will vary [...]
The time it takes to repair a soft story all depends on how much work needs to be done. Each job is unique, as some may take as few as a week to complete, while others may take a little longer, depending upon the scope of the work. Before we begin the job, we will give you a rough estimate about how long it will [...]