Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings

According to Rong-Gong Lin II, Raoul Rañoa and Jon Schleuss of the LA Times, the city of Santa Monica is considering a mandated seismic retrofit program: Santa Monica’s safety rules would go beyond what Los Angeles has done by requiring not only wood-frame apartments and concrete buildings to be retrofitted, but also steel-frame structures. The ordinance … Continue reading Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings

As deadline approaches, majority of San Francisco’s mandatory seismic retrofits not yet even permitted

According to J.K. Dineen at the SF Chronicle: With five months to go before a Sept. 15 deadline to pull permits for the work, owners of nearly 52 percent of “tier three” buildings — wood-frame structures of between five and 15 units — have yet to submit permit applications. That’s the first step in the … Continue reading As deadline approaches, majority of San Francisco’s mandatory seismic retrofits not yet even permitted

Santa Monica’s mandatory seismic retrofit program to begin in earnest

Researchers have for years warned the public, various government agencies and building owners/managers of the potential dangers related to older buildings within reach of Southern California’s notorious faults in a major earthquake. In short, what building experts once thought would be sufficient, in terms of structural design requirements, we now know could leave building occupants … Continue reading Santa Monica’s mandatory seismic retrofit program to begin in earnest

Earthquake involving Los Angeles’ Puente Hills fault could mean serious casualties and property damage

Previously: Seismic retrofits may be required for hundreds of apartment buildings in Los Angeles, Los Angeles: More than 1,000 concrete buildings at risk, nothing to be done, and Remembering Northridge: Thoughts on “Soft Story” Buildings The Puente Hills fault system runs east of downtown L.A., straddling the 10 freeway towards the Inland Empire region. While … Continue reading Earthquake involving Los Angeles’ Puente Hills fault could mean serious casualties and property damage