A recent article published by ABC7 Eyewitness News in May of 2019 suggests that LA’s buildings may be vulnerable to damage caused by an earthquake. And if you’re a Los Angelino, then you know just how dangerous and risky it could be to purchase, sell, or live in a building that could be susceptible to earthquake damage. The article claims that “back in 2015, the Los Angeles City Council passed one of the most stringent sets of earthquake building rules in the country. Managed by the city’s Department of Building and Safety, the rules require owners of so-called soft-story buildings to reinforce the structures within seven years.”Now, four years later, here we are in 2019, still struggling with retrofitting these structures. And today, hundreds of LA’s buildings remain out of compliance with these new rules.
But First–What Is A Soft-Story Building?
A soft-story building is a tall structure that often provides parking spaces on a ground level, with housing units above it. In other words–many of the buildings in LA are soft-story structures. And when it comes to earthquake protection and seismic performance, soft-story buildings aren’t precisely the best structures. We can fix them with something called soft-story retrofitting.
What Is Soft-Story Retrofitting?
Buildings that were constructed before 1978 were built according to the building codes at that time. However, the times have changed, and earthquake protection has become more and more crucial for new constructions. But when it comes to protecting your older, soft-story building, these buildings are more prone to damage and collapse. We provide a soft-story retrofit solution designed to strengthen the first story or the soft-story, to ensure that we can improve the building’s seismic performance dramatically. While the upper stories of your building may still experience some issues when it comes to seismic performance, a soft-story earthquake retrofit is specifically designed to increase the seismic performance of your building as a whole by a long-shot. This type of renovation helps to boost the performance of the soft-story of your building so that it can stand tall if an earthquake strikes.
Are You Ready to Get Into Compliance?
If you own a soft-story building, it may be time to consider reaching out to an expert team of builders and seismic construction experts like the Army of Builders. Here at the Army of Builders, our in-house engineering team works directly with our team of builders to ensure that we retrofit upgrade any soft-story building so that it can remain safe from a devastating earthquake. With all of our clients, our goal is to walk them through the process every step of the way, so that they can rest assured knowing that their structure’s seismic performance has been dramatically improved through our soft-story retrofit. Our team of engineers will inspect your property first, and then recommend the best course of action to ensure the best protection against the damaging effects of an earthquake. Remember, you only have three years left to comply with these new rules. Contact us today, and let's get started.