A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rocked Northridge on January 17, 1994, this showed that due to the likelihood of earthquakes, thousands of
buildings in Los Angeles suffer from a fundamental structural weakness. Large, unreinforced spaces on the ground floors as well as the soft-story buildings' usual wood-frame structure make them particularly vulnerable.
These buildings got their name because their first stories are substantially less stiff than the stories above. In residential and commercial structures, these openings frequently allow parking spaces, huge windows, and spacious lobbies.
Only 800 of Los Angeles' 20,000 soft-story structures, according to research by the California Institute of Technology, had been
retrofitted. By incorporating the structural elements required for buildings to remain standing after an earthquake, soft-story seismic retrofitting corrects these shortcomings.
The California Revenue and Taxation Code offers a seismic retrofit exemption! The market value of any incremental improvements or additions to your property would be added to your overall property assessment under California
Proposition 13. Buildings that undergo seismic strengthening construction may be exempt from evaluation.
The Most Earthquake-Vulnerable Buildings
SKS Construction can assist in plan check, permitting, and even build of your Soft-Story Project, making the process a breeze. A full-service design/build,
engineering, and construction firm, SKS Construction was established in Los Angeles, California, in 1987. SKS Construction is recognized as a leader in engineering and construction of New Construction, Seismic Retrofitting and Balcony Repairs. The SKS team is composed of in-house designers, licensed contractors, and experienced engineers around the clock to attend to your every engineering and construction need.
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