Soft Story Seismic Retrofitting in Los Angeles & Surrounds
Authors: 04/08/2018, Gordon Myers and Nikhil Choudhary
From past earthquakes, multi-story buildings with weak and/or open front wall lines creating a “soft-story” performed poorly and collapsed. The goal of the mandatory retrofit program, under Ordinance 183893 and Ordinance 184081, is to reduce structural deficiencies by the most economical and feasible method.
Buildings that are most vulnerable have been identified with the following criteria:
Consist of 2 or more stories wood frame construction
Built under building code standards enacted before January 1, 1978 Contains ground floor parking or another similar open floor space
The program does not apply to residential buildings with 3 or less units. Each property owner of these buildings will be sent an order to comply.
Before you think about what to do, consider creating the best possible experience by knowing which questions to ask under any circumstances. One new fact learnt can change the whole outcome.
The objective is to avoid a potential waste of time and money by sound preparation and surrounding oneself with “the right people at the right time!”
How do I know if I have a soft story?
Letters were mailed by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (see chart below) to owners considered to be a “soft story” buildings. Click here to read the full report.