Weinstein is in the Top 10 Best Earthquake Retrofitting in Los Angeles.
Catastrophes, such as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, have shown that soft-story buildings are extremely vulnerable due to the nature of their construction. With the ongoing danger of the Big One over Southern California, the City of Los Angeles has taken aggressive steps to prevent the loss of housing stock and, most importantly, to increase the safety of our residents. The newly adopted Seismic Retrofit Program would apply to all existing wood-frame, two-storey or higher apartment buildings constructed before or after 1 January 1978 with four or more units. According to the Department of Building and Safety of Los Angeles, an estimated 12,000 future buildings meet these criteria.
The objective of the Soft-story Seismic Retrofit Program is to notify owners, by courtesy notice, that their property may require seismic renovation and encourage the owner to take the necessary steps to prevent the relocation of tenants or to allow tenants to live in uninhabitable conditions. The notice gives the owner the opportunity to prepare financially and gives time to locate the contractor to perform the required work once the Notice to Comply (Order) has been received. If applying for a specific building permit from the Department of Building and Safety in Los Angeles, a Tenant Habitability Plan (THP) is required. The THP, together with a summary of the intended scope of work, must also define the measures that the landlord must take to mitigate the impact on the tenant during the retrofit process. Once all of the work has been finished, the owner will recover 50% of the retrofit costs through the Seismic Retrofit Cost Recovery Program.