Mountain View is just beside the Hayward Fault Zone which has a high tendency of experiencing destructive earthquakes. Earthquake Retrofitting or Seismic Retrofitting reinforces the building to make it strong enough to withstand an earthquake. After the retrofit, your building is less likely to face significant damages when the natural disaster occurs, thereby potentially saving both property and life. Don’t take chances with your building and get it assessed for safety if you haven’t done so already. Design Everest specializes in providing engineering and design services to stabilize residential homes and commercial buildings throughout California, and to prepare them for the next big one!
In June of 2019, the Mountain View City Council created a proposal that would look to retrofit aging residential buildings that are thought to be at risk of severe damage in the face of a major earthquake. The plan suggests the implementation of the retrofit program over the course of 6 years, starting with the larger buildings.
The Structural Engineers Association of Northern California defines a soft-story building as one where: “Typically on the first-floor level, a story that is weaker and/or more flexible than the stories above it for lateral force resistance. These first stories may be taller than the stories above or may have large wall openings (such as garage doors) while the stories above have solid walls. Earthquakes can cause significant damage to structures with a soft story, as the soft stories often lean or collapse due to their lower stiffness and/or strength.”
A Soft-Story Retrofit or 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 overtime.
Our experienced and licensed engineering team members can perform the Structural Evaluation of the building and submit an evaluation report. Design Everest is a leader in the seismic retrofit engineering of existing buildings in Mountain View and can help you bring your building up to code, keeping families, employees, and customers safe.
Our Soft-Story and Seismic Retrofit services include:
Check out our blog to learn more about the Mountain View Soft Story Retrofit Program:
Why Retrofitting is important for houses in Mountain View, California
To start, a Design Everest associate 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 a quick turnaround time, with the option to track your project in realtime.
We will provide a set of drawings that can be submitted to the city to obtain the retrofit 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 residential and commercial Soft-Story Retrofit Services in Mountain View California as listed above. Our experienced Engineers design efficient structures and are always looking for value engineering solutions.
Unlike most firms, we leverage technology and make every effort to get 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.
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