How long does a seismic retrofitting take?


Seismic retrofitting is a process that involves upgrading the structural integrity of a building to make it more resistant to earthquakes. The process is an important safety measure for building owners, as it helps to reduce the risk of damage or collapse during a seismic event. However, many building owners are curious about how long a seismic retrofit takes to complete.

What does the time it takes to complete a seismic retrofit depend on?

  • size and complexity of the building
  • the scope of the retrofit
  • and local building codes

On average, a seismic retrofit can take from as little as 4 weeks to a couple months.

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The first step in the seismic retrofit process is to have one of our professional engineers evaluate the building. Our engineer will assess the building's existing structural system and identify any weaknesses or deficiencies. Based on the evaluation, SKS Construction will recommend the necessary retrofit measures and create a detailed plan for the retrofit process.

Once the retrofit plan is in place, the next step is to obtain any necessary permits and approvals from local building departments. This process can take several weeks, depending on the local regulations and the scope of the retrofit.

Once the necessary permits and approvals have been obtained, the actual retrofit work can begin. This process involves installing structural reinforcements, such as shear walls or moment frames, to increase the building's ability to resist seismic forces. The length of this stage depends on the size of the building and the complexity of the retrofit measures.

Q: When is the seismic retrofit deadline?

A: 2024

In conclusion, the time it takes to complete a seismic retrofit varies, but on average it can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months. The retrofit process involves several steps, including building evaluation, permit and approval processes, and the actual retrofit work.

With SKS Construction, we provide our clients with a full-service design, engineering and construction company founded in 1987 in the City of Los Angeles, California. SKS Construction is recognized as a leader in engineering and construction of ADU’s, Seismic Retrofitting, and Balcony Repairs. Although SKS Construction has its specialty in seismic retrofitting, over the years they have been able to mold to the demands of the construction market. Design-build jobs for loyal clients from hillside projects, new construction, and even developments in growing cities.

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