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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 requires a combination of seismic retrofitting and structural engineering changes to ensure a building’s ability to survive the extreme forces of natural disasters, such as a powerful earthquake.

Most tenants consider the operation of the building critical to the survivability of their businesses; if they believe their business is located in a strong and safe building, business owners typically feel much more secure and will remain in occupancy contracts for longer periods of time.  Frequent tenant turnover can be expensive and harmful to overall property value.  If a devastating earthquake strikes (and the next “BIG ONE” is expected on the West Coast within the next 30 years), it’s not the tenants who will be held liable for the financial loss or any remaining mortgage balance.

Most buildings older than 10 years do not meet current California building and safety codes.  Because building codes and engineering standards are continually being updated, these older buildings most likely need significant maintenance work in order to meet the more current requirements. Without regular maintenance and renovations to current standards, insurability and overall building safety can be negatively impacted.

The original construction method used on any given commercial building has a direct effect on the solutions seismic retrofitting for commercial buildings can offer.  Commercial property landlords will need to find a professional contractor with experience in seismic retrofitting to perform a thorough evaluation.  Once the evaluation is completed, a quote can be given regarding the maintenance and updates needed to retrofit the building. Finding the right contractor to complete a seismic retrofitting is critical to the success of the project. 

Many times commercial landlords who use seismic retrofitting to maintain buildings hesitate to bring in work crews to occupied spaces.  Maintaining excellent tenant relations during seismic retrofitting is a key consideration.  Neither the landlord nor the tenant wants a construction project to disturb business operations to the point where it seems vacating the property or filing a complaint is necessary.  Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit, offering retrofitting services throughout the state of California, has developed an exclusive Six Star Tenant Service Program; this quality service program calls for close collaboration with building tenants to minimize disruptions to workflow and ensure that normal business operations remain in effect.

If your building is historical, the choice of contractors becomes even more critical.  Owners of historical buildings are responsible to maintain California buildings in accordance with the state, county or city historical societies. Typically, historical societies have a very low tolerance for any modification or damage to the building’s structure, interior or facade.  Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit employs only full-time team members with an average of three to ten years of experience and who possess the necessary expertise for construction on historical buildings. Because they have such an experienced team of employees, Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit was selected to retrofit both the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego and the Dunbar Museum/Hotel building in downtown Los Angeles.

The best advice for any commercial landlord to consider when contemplating building maintenance projects is always to be aware of the needs of the building’s tenants.  Business owners always want to maintain consistent operations with minimal disruptions for as long as possible! To get more information on how strengthen your building to more current California building codes with seismic retrofitting, call Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit today.

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