Soft-story buildings are typically 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 and occupants and present a significant financial risk to owners.
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.
Imagine your house or apartment building swaying back and forth on top of glass windows or garage door openings. They cannot resist this earthquake force and the building can collapse unless is has a soft story seismic retrofit. Design Everest’s engineers can help you bring your 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.
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