Do you live in an area that’s prone to earthquakes? Don’t take chances with your building. Design Everest specializes in residential stabilizing homes and commercial building throughout California for the next big one. Earthquake retrofitting, or seismic retrofitting, involves reinforcing of a house so that it is less likely to be damaged during an earthquake. After your retrofit, you’re less likely to face significant damage when a natural disaster occurs.
After a large earthquake, research shows maintain 150k+ housing units will become uninhabitable in California, most of them because of un-retrofitted soft-story buildings. As a result, many California cities now mandate soft-story retrofits and some provide incentives to property owners to do the soft-story retrofits.
A seismic retrofit is the addition of structural enhancements that will help keep a building and its occupants safe from the effects of earthquake activity that occurs suddenly or over time. The enhancements might be as simple as straps to secure equipment or as complex as structural anchors or roofing modifications.
Our experienced team members can perform a detailed seismic retrofit assessment and site inspection to help determine your individual solutions. We couple our advanced engineering expertise with extensive structural engineering resources and capabilities to identify and mitigate seismic hazards in all types of structures. Design Everest is a leader in the seismic retrofit engineering of existing buildings in California and can help you bring your building up to code, keeping families, employees, and customers safe.
Seismic retrofit services include
For Residential and Commercial Buildings
Commercial and Residential Soft-story buildings are typically multi-unit wood-frame houses, multi-unit wood-frame apartment and condominium buildings with a first story that lacks adequate strength or stiffness to prevent leaning or collapse in an earthquake. These buildings pose a safety risk to tenants, occupants, homeowners and present a significant financial risk to owners.
After a large earthquake, research shows maintain 150k+ housing units will become uninhabitable in California and many commercial buildings are not safe to work, most of them because of not retrofitted soft-story buildings. As a result, many California cities now mandate soft-story retrofits and some provide incentives to property owners to do the soft-story retrofits.
Imagine your building swaying back and forth on top of glass windows or garage door openings for your home. They cannot resist this earthquake force and the building can collapse unless it has a soft story seismic retrofit. Design Everest’s engineers can help you bring your residential or commercial building up to code by preparing cost-effective engineering plans and solutions required to make your soft-story building code-compliant and safer for an earthquake.
To start, a Design Everest consultant schedules a consultation with you to fully understand your needs.
Once we understand your needs, we deliver plans and drawings for your project. We have quick turnaround time, with the option to track your project in real time
We will provide a set of drawings that you may submit to the city to obtain the required permits. Our fixed fee includes addressing all city comments (if any) on our plans until the permit is approved. Next, we can connect you with reputable contractors in your area, so you can get started with your project right away.
We are a true one-stop engineering shop with expertise in a wide range of specializations in providing Seismic Retrofit Services as listed above. Our experienced engineers design efficient structures and are always looking for value engineering solutions so that customers pay less in construction, materials costs, etc.
Unlike most firms, we leverage technology, and make every effort to get high-quality plans delivered in weeks -- not months. Hey, who said construction has to be painful?
Our proprietary data system ‘The Design Hub’ allows us to efficiently forecast and optimize our resources. This means we can take on a project of any size at any time while maintaining quality and schedule.
My husband and I were referred to Design Everest for our foundation retrofit to make sure our house is safe for an earthquake. They came out promptly, prepared a set of plans that were approved by the building department, and promptly answered any questions our contractor had during construction. Highly recommend.