A Los Angeles City Council committee that was briefed last week on seismic upgrades required by law in roughly 15,000 […]

Why every Los Angeles Soft Story Building Needs a Soft Story Retrofit

If your building is a multi-story building, characterized by a ground floor or lower floors that are significantly “less stiff” […]

Everything You Need to Know About Earthquake Retrofitting Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles recently passed Ordinance 183893, which requires the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile […]

Soft Story Retrofit Contractors Los Angeles: How Vulnerable is Your Apartment Building

Major earthquakes in metropolitan areas of California have highlighted the vulnerabilities of certain types of buildings. Unreinforced masonry can crumble. […]

Earthquake Preparedness and Response

Earthquakes strike quickly, without any warning and are uncontrollable disasters, making the main cause of injuries, deaths, and the destruction […]

Building Owners Should Care About Earthquake Retrofitting

Building owners have seven years to retrofit their wood buildings with soft story conditions, and 25 years for non-ductile concrete […]

How do we protect our homes from a big disaster such as a deadly earthquake?

An earthquake occurs when there is a sudden release of energy between two plates in the Earth’s crust, creating seismic […]

Apply Retrofit Foundation Before It Is Too Late

A big problem involves homes built before 1979 with a handful of steps above the ground, where in between the […]

Why Are Soft Story Buildings More Susceptible To Collapse?

If you look around a typical Los Angeles neighborhood, there’s no doubt you will find a soft-story building. Soft-Story buildings […]

Does My Building Need a Retrofit?

The City of Los Angeles recently passed Ordinance 183893, which requires the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile […]

Important Information About an Apartment Building Retrofit

Renovation, retrofit, and refurbishment of existing buildings represent an opportunity to upgrade the energy performance of commercial building assets for […]

Could my soft-story building collapse during an earthquake?

One of the most earthquake-prone urban areas in the nation, Los Angeles is likely to be rocked by a major […]

Apartment Owners Beware: Don’t Lose Your Parking Spaces Due to the Soft Story Retrofit Ordinance!

If you are a building owner that must comply with the soft-story retrofit ordinance, you need to know the latest […]

Will your building hold up in a major earthquake?

Los Angeles is no stranger to earthquakes and, like other cities in California, has experienced extensive damage in previous seismic […]

14% of ‘soft-story’ structures compliant with 2015 Los Angeles seismic retrofit law

A LA(Los Angeles) council committee that was briefed last week on seismic upgrades needed by law in roughly 15,000 buildings […]

Soft Story Retrofit Can Secure Your Apartment Structure Against Collapse

A soft story building is a multi-story building with one or more floors which are “soft” due to structural design. […]

How to Avoid Earthquake Damage with Seismic Retrofit

Earthquakes can cause thousands of dollars in damages. But homeowners can limit potential damage by thinking ahead and identifying problem […]

Why Consider a Seismic Retrofit for Your Commercial Building?

Seismic retrofitting is the modification of existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or soil […]

Adopting Seismic Safety for Buildings

When it comes to the civil and structural engineering of a building, life safety is exactly what it sounds like: […]

4 Steps For Hiring Earthquake Retrofitting Contractors

If you own any commercial buildings in the Los Angeles, California, area, then you know earthquakes are a natural occurrence. […]

Preventing Soft Story Collapse Los Angeles

Soft story configuration in structures is a type of construction where any one story of the building is more flexible […]

Earthquake Preparedness – Is Your Home Ready For The Big One?

The ground is constantly moving in Southern California. Almost every day there are small shifts of the rock beneath the […]

What is an earthquake and what causes them to happen?

Earthquakes are usually caused when rock underground suddenly breaks along a fault. This sudden release of energy causes the seismic […]

Why Retrofitting Makes Homes Safer

A home is a complicated work of construction. There are plenty of systems and technical issues that need to planned […]

Everyone Should Know About Seismic Retrofit

If you live in a zone with a high level of seismic activity, you’ve probably felt at least a minor […]

Earthquake Retrofit Make The Structure Tough

Earthquake retrofit is a process used in construction to make the house strong during natural calamities. The aim of doing […]

Earthquake Retrofitting and What You Should Know About It

The primary purpose of earthquake retrofitting is to keep your home from being displaced from its concrete foundation — making […]

Soft Story Retrofit: How and Why It Impacts You!

A large number of properties, including apartment and commercial buildings, have a ‘soft story’ condition. These properties may be required […]

Make Your Home Seismic Resistant To Make Your Building Resistant

Seismic Retrofitting is the method of strengthening of the already built damaged/undamaged old/new structures those are found to be weak […]

Retrofitting Apartment Buildings To Reduce Costs

The City of Los Angeles recently passed Ordinance 183893, which requires the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile […]

6,400 ‘soft-story’ apartment buildings still need earthquake retrofits

Los Angeles city officials and property owners are making progress retrofitting the types of apartment buildings that proved especially vulnerable […]

City Committee Urges Faster Pace for ‘Soft Story’ Retrofit Program Affecting Hundreds of Pasadena Buildings

A planned ordinance which will mandate the retrofitting by property owners of as many as 500 “soft-story” multi-family wood buildings […]


Things You Need To Know: The Los Angeles Ordinance #183893 has brought up many questions for building owners. “How do […]

LA City Council Committee Approves Exploration Of Seismic Retrofitting Fund

A Los Angeles City Council committee agreed Monday to explore ways of helping property owners finance costly seismic retrofits required […]

LA looks for ways to help property owners finance seismic retrofits

For years, Angelenos have heard that the “big one” is coming. But are buildings able to withstand 6.7 or greater […]

More than 800 West Hollywood buildings could collapse in a big quake

West Hollywood has identified more than 800 buildings that could be at risk of damage or collapse in a major […]

Los Angeles Wants Updates on Earthquake Retrofit Compliance

The LA council voted weekday to induce a full update on seismic retrofits needed by law in roughly fifteen thousand […]

L.A. to explore serving to property house owners get hold of earthquake retrofitting repairs

A LA(Los Angeles City) council committee in agreement in the week to explore ways in which of serving to property […]

Nearly 9,000 ‘soft-story’ buildings in LA still want earthquake retrofits

Los Angeles town officers and property house owners ar creating progress on retrofitting the categories of housing buildings that evidenced […]

All Soft Story Retrofit Services Under One Roof

The clock is ticking… We, as apartment building owners, are required to reinforce our soft story buildings within the next […]

The Importance Of Seismic Retrofitting

  Retrofitting Structures Earthquakes can be horrible. They don’t discriminate when it comes to buildings; even a structure without significant […]

An Overview Of Soft-Story Seismic Retrofitting

Soft-Story Buildings Earthquakes are bad for buildings, including the ones that survive them. Especially so for soft-story buildings, of which […]

The Need Of Earthquake Retrofitting In LA

Earthquake Retrofitting Recent studies say that California has entered a period of seismic activity and it has become an ‘earthquake […]

Landlords And Tenants To Share Retrofitting Cost In LA

Foundation Repair Los Angeles Putting an end to more than a year long debate to begin implementing mandatory seismic laws […]

How Earthquakes Affect Buildings

The commonness of seismic activity reports coming out these days is enough to make one think the planet is generally […]

Beware: Brick Chimneys Can Kill You

If you look at the stats, there have been several incidents in the past 50 years that saw brick chimneys […]

Why Should You Go For Soft Story Seismic Retrofitting

On 17 January 1994, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Los Angeles. This quake came to be known as the […]

Seismic Ordinance and Soft Story Retrofit Program

Los Angeles has passed an ordinance to ensure soft story retrofit of weak buildings. The ordinance 183893 is meant to […]

How to Level a Concrete Foundation

Are the walls of your home cracked? Do you have doors that would not close or bulging floors? These can […]

Some Handy Methods For Earthquake Retrofitting

Earthquake retrofitting is the process of modification of the existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground […]

Some FAQs on Earthquake Retrofitting

Many things come to our mind when talked about earthquake retrofitting, the usual ones being do I need an earthquake […]

Pros and Cons of Structural Retrofitting Using Fiber Reinforced Polymers

The manufacture of Fiber Reinforced Polymer technique came forth as a result of the recent developments in the field of […]

How to Keep your House Earthquake Proof

If you are living in an earthquake prone area, it is important to take advanced measures to keep your home […]

Seismic Retrofit Ordinance 183893

Ordinance 183893 was passed by the City of Los Angeles in 2015 to improve its seismic safety. This ordinance addresses […]

Retrofitting Your Home is Equal to Insurance Savings

Newly issued law and bond proposals have raised awareness among residents in California about the need for seismic retrofitting. The […]

Basics on Seismic Retrofitting of Historic Structures

Historic buildings are cultural assets, and they are worth preserving. Renovation and retrofitting of these buildings brings out several challenges, […]

Main Areas to be Considered for Retrofitting Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

Unreinforced masonry buildings are more vulnerable against a seismic activity. There are many such buildings in Los Angeles, with moderate […]

Retrofitting of Existing RCC Buildings by Jacketing

Jacketing of column is the method of adding transverse and longitudinal reinforcement around the existing columns in a building. The […]

Seismic Retrofit Ordinance – Things that Building Owners in LA Should Know

As per the latest reports, there are about 13,000 soft story apartment complexes in the City of Los Angeles, which […]

Different Processes Involved in Soft Story Retrofit

Soft story buildings get their names for having the first stories less rigid, when compared to the above stories. These […]

Important Steps to Undertake During Soft Story Retrofitting

Soft story retrofitting has been made mandatory under the Ordinance 183893 by the City of Los Angeles. Below are the […]

The Significance of Earthquake Retrofitting

Implementing earthquake retrofitting to your building is the best way to ensure the stability of the structure. An earthquake retrofitting […]

How to Take Care of the Potential Hazards inside Your Building

We have witnessed too many earthquakes in the past couple of years. The impact of several earthquakes has been devastating; […]

Cripple Wall Bracing For Earthquake Retrofitting

In light of the seismic retrofitting ordinance implemented by the City of Los Angeles, many building owners are looking for […]

How to Take Care of the Potential Hazards inside Your Building

We have witnessed too many earthquakes in the past couple of years. The impact of several earthquakes has been devastating; […]

Cripple Wall Bracing For Earthquake Retrofitting

In light of the seismic retrofitting ordinance implemented by the City of Los Angeles, many building owners are looking for […]

Soft Story Retrofit: Earthquakes in Los Angeles – Part One

Earthquake hazard is high in Southern California (specifically in the Los Angeles region) due to proximity to the great San […]

L.A. releases addresses of 13,500 apartments and condos likely to need earthquake retrofitting

Neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the Westside will feel the biggest impact from Los Angeles’ new law requiring the […]

What You Need to Know About the New Soft-Story Retrofit

Last year in October, the Council of the City of Los Angeles passed Ordinance # 183893 mandating the retrofitting of […]

Los Angeles passes earthquake safety retrofitting law for older buildings

  Despite outstanding questions over the price tag of retrofitting thousands of old buildings, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed […]

How will California’s freeways survive a major earthquake?

The 1971 Sylmar earthquake sent a 6.6-magnitude jolt through the Newhall Pass, toppling a new interchange at Interstate 5 and […]

Making your home more resilient for the next disaster

The recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City is a tragedy – and a wake-up call for all Angelenos. With […]

Property Owners Eligible For Earthquake Retrofit Incentives

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The City of West Hollywood is now part of the statewide incentive program developed by the California Residential Mitigation […]

Santa Monica seeks to pass the nation’s most extensive earthquake retrofit plan

Santa Monica is poised to require safety improvements to as many as 2,000 earthquake-vulnerable buildings in what would be the […]

L.A. races to fix vulnerable buildings before next major earthquake

When Los Angeles two years ago approved the nation’s most sweeping earthquake retrofitting regulations, officials knew they were in a […]

When a big earthquake hits, your first instinct can mean life or death

What should you do when an earthquake hits? Cover in place? Run outside? It’s a decision one must instantly make […]

The hidden earthquake danger lurking in single-family homes

In the dead of night, the earthquake shuddered through this decades-old home, coming from an epicenter just a mile away. […]

New Rule Makes It Compulsory For LA Residents To Retrofit Their Houses

  Retrofitting Need Is your apartment vulnerable to collapse in the event of an earthquake?  It is a fear that […]