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  • Design Everest
    Schedule Consultation

    To start, a Design Everest consultant schedules a consultation with you to fully understand your needs.

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    Quick Turnaround

    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.

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    Easy Permit Process

    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.

Seismic Retrofit and Soft Story Retrofit Experts in Oakland

Oakland 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!

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New Soft Story Regulations in Oakland

The City of Oakland’s Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program is to strengthen buildings with large ground-floor openings that are particularly prone to collapse due to earthquakes. Effective January 22, 2019, municipal ordinance No.13516 now requires residential property owners to strengthen vulnerable buildings with seismic retrofits. This page provides information and resources on the ordinance, the schedule for compliance, and the process for completing the mandatory retrofit. To know if your building needs a retrofit, check this list of Oakland Mandatory Soft-Story Retrofit Program

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.

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Engineering Services in Oakland

Our experienced team members can perform the Structural Evaluation according to the Evaluation and Schematic Retrofit Report Template for Complying with Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 15.27. Design Everest is a leader in the seismic retrofit engineering of existing buildings in Oakland and can help you bring your building up to code, keeping families, employees, and customers safe.

Our Soft-Story and Seismic Retrofit services include:

  • Seismic retrofits that pass Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 15.27
  • We will provide a set of drawings that can be submitted to the city to obtain the retrofit permits.
  • Structural retrofit to the foundation
  • modifications to the building's structural system
  • structural calculations for retrofit design
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Why choose Design Everest?

  • Highly experienced & value engineering

    We are a leading one-stop engineering shop with a wide range of expertise in providing Soft-Story and Seismic Retrofit Services in Oakland. Our “engineers are experienced in designing” efficient structures and are always looking for value engineering solutions so that customers pay less in construction cost, material etc

  • Responsiveness and quick turnaround

    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 difficult?

  • Ability to take on a project

    Our proprietary data system ‘The Design Hub’ allows us to efficiently forecast and optimize resources. This means that we can take on a project of any size at any time while maintaining quality and schedule.

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