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Soft Story Retrofit

Los Angeles Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program

Los Angeles Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program

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 structural failure both during and…

When Was The Last Time You Thought About Your Home’s Foundation

When Was The Last Time You Thought About Your Home’s Foundation

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? Yes, indeed, they are a…

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

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

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 centered in Compton, but felt…

Why Retrofit is Good For You

Why Retrofit is Good For You

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 everything – people and property…

Understanding Soft Story Retrofit

Understanding Soft Story Retrofit

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 the fundamental structural flaw of…

Soft Story Retrofit: Frequently Asked Questions

Soft Story Retrofit: Frequently Asked Questions

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 has large openings in the…

Soft Story Retrofit: The Complete Guide For Property Owners

Soft Story Retrofit: The Complete Guide For Property Owners

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 damage than others. These soft…

Soft Story Retrofit Defined

Soft Story Retrofit Defined

Contrary to what many people believe, a soft story retrofit job is more specific than a general seismic risk assessment. The retrofit evaluation addresses a floor of a building that’s considerably weaker than the other floors. What is “Soft Story”? The term refers to one story of a building which is particularly more flexible or fragile in lateral load resistance than the foundation below it and the floors above it.…

How to Plan The Soft Story Retrofitting Program For Your Building

How to Plan The Soft Story Retrofitting Program For Your Building

With the new Soft Story Ordinance, planning has become a crucial element for property owners in the Los Angeles area. If you are a building owner for more than a year or two, the mandatory soft-story retrofit program is probably not the first regulation you need to abide by. This ordinance makes sure that buildings become more resilient to earthquakes and building residents stay safe. However, most building owners don’t…

Soft Story Retrofit: What The Property Owners Need to Know

Soft Story Retrofit: What The Property Owners Need to Know

Property owners in Los Angeles and several other tiers 1 and 2 municipalities are often confused about the process involved in soft story retrofit, also commonly referred to as seismic retrofit. Let us break it down for you. In areas where seismic activity is a concern, a few types of construction are more high-risk than others. Buildings that are “soft story” must fortify in order to protect the building as…