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Checklist for Seismic Retrofitting URM Buildings

Checklist for Seismic Retrofitting URM Buildings

It is a known fact today that buildings constructed using unreinforced masonry (URM) do not sustain the stress of seismic activity very well.  In fact, in the last one hundred years of recorded earthquakes, more URM buildings throughout all of California, not to mention the other states on the West Coast, collapsed than all the […]

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The Best Time for Retrofitting a California Building

The Best Time for Retrofitting a California Building

Most California residents are aware of the many seismic disturbances that happen regularly throughout the state, small tremors that occur at any time of the day or night.  Even though we feel the earth moving and shaking, it’s easy to pretend that “the BIG ONE won’t happen here.”  This attitude is common even along the […]

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Use Seismic Retrofitting to Maintain Los Angeles Buildings

Use Seismic Retrofitting to Maintain Los Angeles Buildings

All commercial buildings need periodic maintenance.  One of the worst things commercial landlords can do is allow the buildings they lease to go without renovation or retrofitting to newer building code standards.  Over time, it takes more than just a few cosmetic updates and a little remodeling to maintain commercial buildings.  In fact, it often […]

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Tips for Seismic Retrofitting Los Angeles Buildings

Tips for Seismic Retrofitting Los Angeles Buildings

Californians have been waiting on the next “BIG ONE” for more than 60 years.  Most seismologists have been warning that another devastating earthquake will occur sometime within the next 30 years; this “BIG ONE”, forecast for the San Andreas fault, could end up being even bigger than earthquake experts previously thought. The most recent research […]

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Triple Net Lease Tips

Triple Net Lease Tips

If a commercial property owner decides to lease out a building to a business using a Triple Net Lease, the tenant is responsible for paying more than just the rent.  In most cases triple net lease tenants are also responsible for the following: the cost of any maintenance or repairs the building may require during […]

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Strengthen the Fire Sprinkler System

Strengthen the Fire Sprinkler System

Many commercial property owners believe that as long as the roof and walls of their building are strong, their building is safe from potential damage that may be caused by an earthquake. The reality is that buildings have more vulnerability during seismic activity than just the roof and walls. Here are a few details about […]

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Roof Condensation Issues Impact Building Safety

Roof Condensation Issues Impact Building Safety

Roof condensation is a situation that happens in concrete tilt-up buildings with a panelized roof system.  Moisture often develops in the roof ceiling area and can be trapped there by foil insulation or other types of radiant barriers, causing hidden, and usually major, deterioration of the roof system.  If the moisture build-up is not found […]

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Delaying A Seismic Retrofit May Well Be Devastating

Delaying A Seismic Retrofit May Well Be Devastating

Seismologists say that it is only a matter of time before the next big earthquake hits Los Angeles. In fact, the experts are predicting that a record earthquake will occur within the next three decades. When one looks at the photos and video footage from the relatively recent wreckage caused by devastating earthquakes around the […]

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California Seismic Retrofitting Contractor Tips

California Seismic Retrofitting Contractor Tips

Even though California residents and property owners are well aware of the potential for seismic activity on the West Coast, most people don’t think about earthquakes on a regular basis. California residents go about their daily business with some basic knowledge about how to respond when the earth begins to shake and roll, but that […]

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Retrofitting to Comply With Earthquake Codes

Retrofitting to Comply With Earthquake Codes

In the not so distant past, buildings were designed using the concept of “build it and forget it”.  As we know today, especially on the west coast, that is extremely dangerous.  The lifespan of any building or structure is largely determined by engineering and design, with consideration given to the materials used and the environment. […]

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