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

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SOFT STORY RETROFIT in Los Angeles

The Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program was created by the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program in 2013 as a community-based multi-year effort. It was enforced initially to ensure the safety and resilience of the housing stock in San Francisco through foundation repair retrofitting wood-framed, older multi-family units with the soft-story condition. The regulation, however, has also made its way to Los Angeles. (sof story retrofit Los Angeles)

Numerous commercial, residential and apartment buildings that have the soft-story condition (Los Angeles Foundation Repair). The term describes a building that has habitable room(s) over the garage, porch or carport area that isn’t specially designed for transmitting shear or lateral forces up to the above story.

Ordinances are being drafted by many California counties requiring all soft-story buildings be earthquake retrofitted. A report started to be developed in January 2014, by the city of Los Angeles, with cooperation from the Structure Engineers of Southern California among others that outlined a plan for the city for creating a seismic program to repair foundation in Los Angeles. The intention was for improving the city’s resiliency in the event of a significant seismic event.

On December 8, 2014, the report ‘Resilience by Design‘ was issued. The plan included a recommendation for seismically evaluating and strengthening the soft-story multi-family buildings in Los Angeles City . Internal resources are used by the city to identify any soft-story buildings that the program effects repairing Concrete Foundations.

More than half of the buildings are located in San Fernando Valley and on the Westside, were cited as being seismically vulnerable and in need for Foundation Inspection in Los Angeles. Apartment buildings in San Fernando Valley need to be Soft Story retrofitted.

There are rental units over parking spots in soft-story buildings that are supported only be a couple or vertical columns rather than a solid foundation. The columns may buckle if an earthquake takes place. The building could end up pancaking and coming directly down on whatever is underneath it if they do not have Foundation Repairs or at minimum a Foundation Inspection Service.

Renters who live in one of the cited buildings are especially interested in this list.  It affects not only their safety but their finances as well.  In Los Angeles the demand for new housing is enormous.  Construction crews have been barely able to keep up with this demand, which has caused prices to skyrocket.

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Earthquakes & Soft story retrofit

HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKES

Earthquakes such as the 1987 Whittier, 1989 Loma prieta, 1994 Northridge, and 2001 Nisqually, Washington have caused extensive damage to thousands of wood-framed homes. the resulting damage has helped to advance new products and methods that improve the structural integrity of buildings.

SOFT-STORY BUILDING: CITY LAW

The City of Los Angeles recently passed Ordinance 183893 which requires the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile concrete buildings. The goal of the mandatory retrofit program, under the ordinance, is to reduce these structural deficiencies and improve the performance of these buildings during earthquakes, reduce structural deficiencies by the most economical and feasible method.

 

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