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ACR General Engineering offers a complete design/build solutions from start to finish. We specialize in working with Los Angeles property owners and property managers to comply with the Los Angeles Soft Story Retrofit Ordinance 183893 that the City of Los Angeles passed in October of 2015. The Ordinance 183893 requires the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile concrete buildings. The goal of the mandatory seismic retrofit ordinance is to reduce these structural shortfalls and improve the safety of the flagged buildings during earthquakes in Southern California. Deprived of retrofitting, weak buildings may be exposed to major structural damage in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster.
Buildings that are most vulnerable have been identified with the following conditions:
- Consist of 2 or more stories wood frame construction
- Built under building code standards enacted before January 1, 1978
- Contain ground floor parking or other similar open floor space
The program does not apply to residential buildings with 3 or less units.
More information can be found in the following articles:
- Los Angeles will have the nation’s toughest earthquake safety rules
- City Adopts Earthquake Retrofit Code
Each property owner of the flagged buildings will be sent an order to comply. These orders have already started to go out and will continue to be mailed into May 2017.
|I. Buildings with 16 or more dwelling units||3 stories and above||May 2, 2016|
|2 stories||July 22, 2016|
|II. Buildings with 3 or more stories||with less than 16 units||Oct 17, 2016|
|III. Buildings that don’t meet Priority I or II criteria||with 9-15 units||Jan 30, 2017|
|with 7-8 units||May 29, 2017|
|with 4-6 units||Aug 14, 2017|
|Condos/Commercial||Oct 30, 2017|
How long do I have to comply?
From the receipt of the order to comply with the seismic retrofit ordinance:
- 2 years – Submit proof of a previous retrofit, or plans to retrofit or demolish
- 3.5 years – Obtain permit to start construction or demolition
- 7 years – Complete construction
Does my building require retrofitting?
See if your building was selected for a seismic retrofit by entering your address in this interactive database.
If you live in the Los Angeles area and received a notice to comply with the local seismic retrofit ordinance you are not alone. Over 13,000 soft story properties must do the same. The important place to start is to get an assessment. It is possible that your building doesn’t need retrofitting or that there is a solution for your building can be very simple. Retrofitting costs and solutions vary, but you can rest assured knowing that ACR General Engineering offers a value engineering approach that is both economical and compliant with the local ordinance.
For more information on Seismic Retrofit call ACR General Engineering at (310) 773-7900.
L.A. releases addresses of 13,500 apartments and condos likely to need earthquake retrofitting
Source: LA Times
Neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the Westside will feel the biggest impact from Los Angeles’ new law requiring the retrofitting of wood-frame apartment buildings to better withstand a major earthquake, according to a Times data analysis.
City inspectors spent about two years developing a list of 13,500 so-called soft-story buildings that will probably need seismic strengthening. These apartments, which feature flimsy first floors that often serve as parking spaces, became popular after World War II as Los Angeles was spreading north into the Valley and west toward the ocean.
But they’ve also proved to be vulnerable to violent shaking. Buildings collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta and the 1994 Northridge earthquakes, including one apartment building where 16 people died.
Los Angeles building officials sifted through tens of thousands of city records and walked block-to-block to identify these structures. Owners of each building have been put on notice, and a number of them have already begun the retrofitting process. The retrofits can cost as much as $130,000, which has sparked concerns from owners and residents feeling the pressure of rising rents and a housing crunch. – Read the full article here…