Earthquake Retrofitting and Foundation Specialists
Earthquake Retrofitting: Welcome to Cal-Quake Construction the earthquake readiness experts. We are FEMA trained and a preferred contractor for California's BRACE&BOLT program.
Here you will find useful information on earthquake readiness and earthquake retrofitting for your property. Additionally, hints on how to prevent or limit damage to your property, and life saving tips to keep you, your property and lives safe.
Servicing the entire State of California, the CAL-QUAKE team has well over 150 years of combined experience preparing property for earthquakes and repairing earthquake damage. Call us or book a retrofit inspection online today!
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***Los Angeles will have the nation’s toughest earthquake safety rules***
Under the law, property owners will have seven years to fix wood apartments and 25 years to fix concrete buildings. The city has already identified about 13,500 apartment complexes that officials suspect need repairs. A Times investigation in 2013 found more than 1,000 older concrete structures — including landmark buildings in downtown, Hollywood and Westwood — that require close scrutiny for retrofitting. read more
01/16 - Renters and apartment owners must equally share the financial burden of earthquake retrofitting, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday, capping a more than year-long debate that allows the city to begin implementing the most sweeping mandatory seismic laws in the nation. more
What is earthquake retrofitting? Seismic retrofitting is the modification of existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure due to earthquakes. With better understanding of seismic demand on structures and with our recent experiences with large earthquakes near urban centers, the need of seismic retrofitting is well acknowledged. Prior to the introduction of modern seismic codes in the late 1960s for developed countries (US, Japan etc.) and late 1970s for many other parts of the world (Turkey, China etc.), many structures were designed without adequate detailing and reinforcement for seismic protection. In view of the imminent problem, various research work has been carried out. State-of-the-art technical guidelines for seismic assessment, retrofit and rehabilitation have been published around the world - such as the ASCE-SEI 41