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Maintain Building Safety Codes with a Seismic Retrofit

Maintain Building Safety Codes with a Seismic Retrofit

Did you know that Los Angeles and southern California have experienced six earthquakes in the last 24 hours, 34 earthquakes in the last week, 166 earthquakes in the past month and 2423 quakes in the past year?  Most of these quakes registered a magnitude of 4.5 or below, and many of the tremors were not even felt by area residents.  Many scientists, however, agree that a much more powerful temblor may occur in the Los Angeles/southern California area at some point in the next 20 to 30 years.

According to researchers, the southern portion of California’s major fault line, the San Andreas Fault, typically releases pent-up energy through a series of quakes that vary in size and regularity.  The southern section of this fault has been fairly quiet since its last major earthquake in 1857.   Since it has been more than 150 years since the last powerful “energy release”, scientists believe believe that it may soon be time for another one.  Now is the time to strengthen older commercial structures – before the next “BIG ONE” occurs.

In an effort to save money and time, not to mention inconvenience, commercial landlords often choose to allow the buildings they lease to go without renovation for long periods of time.  Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the wisest decision; standards have changed over time and sometimes structures just wear out.   Commercial renovation is more than just remodeling or cosmetic updating.  State and local building safety codes have changed over the last quarter century, so renovation requirements often include seismic retrofitting and structural engineering changes to ensure commercial properties will be safe when the earth begins to rock and roll.

Many commercial business owners and tenants consider the safety and security of the building critical to the everyday operations of their businesses.  Property owners should be aware that when tenants feel secure, they generally will stay in occupancy contracts for longer lease periods.  It is a known fact that frequent turnover with tenants is often very expensive and high turnover rates can be harmful to the overall property value.  The security of a commercial building should be just as important to the actual property owner.  When an earthquake happens, it will not be the tenants who are accountable for the financial loss or responsible for any mortgage on the building.  Since the property owners usually have the responsibility for overall property maintenance, they should consider the completing the necessary renovations, including a seismic retrofit, as soon as possible to protect their own assets.

As engineering and architectural technologies are constantly moving forward, building codes and engineering standards are regularly updated; most older buildings, especially those on the west coast, do not meet the current and much stricter safety requirements.  In southern California, commercial properties built more than twenty years ago generally do not meet the current state and local safety codes.  Not being able to meet those important safety codes definitely impacts a building’s insurability; in addition, it also means that the buildings may not be capable of withstanding the powerful forces of a major earthquake.

If you are a commercial property owner in the Los Angeles area, Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit has a number of solid safety solutions to offer if you have made the the decision to renovate and strengthen your building.  The professional team at Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit will inspect your building and offer solutions based on the original construction method and the specific building maintenance needs.  Upon request, experts will complete a thorough evaluation and provide renovation suggestions, along with a cost analysis.

While seismic retrofitting an occupied space can be challenging, you can expect awesome results with minimal disruption when you hire experienced contractors.  To ensure tenant/customer satisfaction, Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit offers a Six Star Tenant Service Program that calls for a partnership and close teamwork with building tenants.

To get more information on how to bring Los Angeles area commercial buildings up to the most current California safety code standards with seismic retrofitting, call Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit today!

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