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Get Earthquake Insurance After an Earthquake Retrofit

Get Earthquake Insurance After an Earthquake Retrofit

The Pacific Rim of Fire is the most geologically active region on our planet Earth.  It circles the Pacific Ocean, touching the coasts of North and South America, Japan, China and Russia.  It is where the majority of Earth’s major earthquakes occur as major plate boundaries collide.  The West Coast of the United States is […]

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Use Structural Experts to Complete an Earthquake Retrofit

Use Structural Experts to Complete an Earthquake Retrofit

Are you considering an earthquake retrofit to strengthen you commercial property?  Are you ready to hire a contractor to make this building maintenance project a reality?  Consider the following tips as contractors compete for your business. Many contractors will claim to be “earthquake retrofit experts”, but really only a very select few can honestly make […]

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Tips for Voluntary Structural Seismic Wall Bracing

Tips for Voluntary Structural Seismic Wall Bracing

Due to advancements in engineering, technology and safety expectations, many commercial properties do not meet today’s building code standards. Earthquake retrofitting is the process of strengthening a building to meet the most current state and local building code requirements.  Retrofitting typically involves seismic wall bracing, structural roof repairs, reinforcement of shear walls and fire sprinkler […]

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Earthquake Preparedness – Is Your Building Prepared?

Earthquake Preparedness – Is Your Building Prepared?

There have been many major advances in earthquake preparedness over the last 50 years, especially in the field of construction engineering.  Forty years ago, an international set of standards for building construction, called the Uniform Building Code, added specifications to fortify buildings against the force of seismic activity.  Those specifications included strengthening support material as well […]

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Reduce Your Building’s PML Rating With an Earthquake Retrofit

Reduce Your Building’s PML Rating With an Earthquake Retrofit

If you are working with a lender to finance a building loan or mortgage, you have probably found out just how hard it is to convince them to accept any amount of risk.  Lenders today not only do not want to take on risk, they just plain can’t afford to be left high and dry.  […]

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Determining if a Building Needs an Earthquake Retrofit

Determining if a Building Needs an Earthquake Retrofit

“Ashes to ashes, we all fall down.” While nursery rhymes may be a fun part of playtime for kids, in the world of commercial property, the concept of “build it and forget it” is downright dangerous.  The lifespan of a commercial structure is typically determined by design, materials, engineering, and the environment.  In reality, there […]

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Earthquake Retrofitting For Multi-Family Apartments

Earthquake Retrofitting For Multi-Family Apartments

According to the United States Geological Survey, the probability of a 6.7 or larger earthquake occurring sometime in the next 30 years in California is 99%.  With the probability that high, it’s not a matter of “if” there will be an earthquake, but rather “when” will it happen.  We know that the “BIG ONE” will […]

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Secure Non-Structural Elements Before an Earthquake Occurs

Secure Non-Structural Elements Before an Earthquake Occurs

Is your commercial property ready for a powerful earthquake? Over the last couple of years, we have all witnessed the damage that comes from a powerful earthquake. Consider the pictures we have seen in the news of the devastation in both Japan and Haiti. Both locations should remind us of the importance of building codes […]

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Should Los Angeles Area Buildings Be Reinforced?

Should Los Angeles Area Buildings Be Reinforced?

Earthquakes are usually unexpected events that happen along major fault lines and they can cause catastrophic damage in the blink of an eye.  As we’ve all learned in recent news, however, earthquakes can happen much farther away from those fault lines than most people would suspect. Knowing that such devastation can happen so quickly and […]

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California Earthquake Retrofitting Contractor Tips

California Earthquake Retrofitting Contractor Tips

Are you prepared to pay for earthquake damages? California residents have all seen or gone through earthquake drills and preparation programs that focus on “drop, cover, and hold on!”  Most residents typically go about their everyday lives with some basic knowledge of what to do when the earth begins to tremble and shake. It is […]

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