December 3, 2015

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RETROFIT ORDINANCES NOW IN EFFECT IN MULTIPLE CITIES

IS YOUR BUILDING SAFE? 

OVERVIEW: 

Numerous cities within California have recently passed Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Ordinances for certain types of buildings that are known to be vulnerable to damage in earthquakes. In Southern California, Ordinances have been enacted in the Cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and West Hollywood. Beverly Hills and other cities are in various stages of planning or passing similar Ordinances. The specific requirements of these various Ordinances vary both in the types of buildings affected, and in the time frames for compliance.

LOS ANGELES

Building Types Affected                                                                                                              

  • Non-Ductile Concrete (NDC) prior to January 1977
  • Soft-story Wood-Frame (tuck-under) prior to 1978.

SANTA MONICA

Building Types Affected                                                                                                              

  • Non-Ductile Concrete (NDC) prior to 1977
  • Steel Welded Moment Frames (SMRF) prior to Jan 1966
  • Soft-story Wood-Frame (tuck-under) prior to Nov 1980
  • Unreinforced Masonry Buildings 
  • Concrete Tilt Up Building 

Proposed Noticing Schedule: Click Here 

WEST HOLLYWOOD

Building Types Affected                                                                                                               

  • Soft-story Wood-Frame (tuck-under) prior to Jan 1978
  • Non-Ductile Concrete (NDC) prior to 1977
  • Steel Welded Moment Frames (SMRF) prior to Jan 1966

HOW CAN WE HELP? 

MHP is a 30+ person structural engineering firm with extensive experience evaluating, and if necessary strengthening buildings to reduce seismic risk.  MHP has completed structural evaluations of thousands of buildings, and has completed strengthening designs for over 500 buildings. We are familiar with the various city ordinances from a technical standpoint, and have excellent relationships with many city building departments and with specialty retrofit contractors.  MHP has the expertise to determine if a building complies with the ordinance minimum standards, and does not require strengthening.  And, if necessary, we are able to develop strengthening plans, and evaluate options, so our clients can make informed decisions regarding their assets.