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Tips To Find An Experienced Structural Engineer

Tips To Find An Experienced Structural Engineer

Structural engineering is a field of engineering that deals with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. Structural engineering is not considered to be an exact science, especially when it comes to retrofitting existing buildings.  Therefore, there is typically more than one possible design solution when it comes to a commercial […]

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Will Your Commercial Property Withstand a Major Earthquake?

Will Your Commercial Property Withstand a Major Earthquake?

There have been several devastating earthquakes that have occurred around the world in the last ten years. The impact of the earthquakes in both Haiti and Japan received lots of media attention several years ago, and both of those locations serve as reminders of the importance of safety codes and proper construction practices.  During that […]

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Seismic Retrofitting – Maintainance For an REIT Property

Seismic Retrofitting – Maintainance For an REIT Property

A Real Estate Investment Trust, otherwise known as an REIT, is a company that owns and operates income-producing real estate.  In order for a company to qualify as an REIT, it must meet a very specific requirement; that prerequisite is that 90% of the income from the property is dispersed in dividends to the shareholders.  […]

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Maintain Building Safety Codes With a Seismic Retrofit

Maintain Building Safety Codes With a Seismic Retrofit

One of the worst things commercial property owners and managers can do in order to save money, time and/or inconvenience is to let the buildings they lease go without maintenance and renovation for long periods of time.  Over the course of time, some things are certainly bound to wear out; in addition, building safety and […]

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Retrofit Commercial Property and Get Earthquake Insurance

Retrofit Commercial Property and Get Earthquake Insurance

Earthquakes are devastating natural events.  From the business insurance standpoint, earthquakes represent the worst kind of risk – the one that everyone “knows” is going to happen “someday.”  Earthquakes cannot be prevented or stopped.  Building codes can be updated to help protect buildings, but this has only helped in recent years.  According to the California […]

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Fire Sprinkler Bracing During a Seismic Retrofit

Fire Sprinkler Bracing During a Seismic Retrofit

Most people think of walls and roofs when considering a seismic retrofitting.  It is important to remember that your building has more vulnerability in an earthquake than just the roof and walls. Here are several key points to consider regarding commercial buildings and earthquakes: Un-reinforced masonry buildings experience catastrophic damage in earthquakes more frequently than […]

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Seismic Retrofitting A Multi-Family Apartment Building

Seismic Retrofitting A Multi-Family Apartment Building

The United States Geological Survey has predicted that the probability of a 6.7 (or larger) earthquake occurring in the next 30 years in California is 99%.  In looking at the 99% prediction, one realizes that it really is not a matter of “if” there’s going to be a massive earthquake, but rather “when” will the […]

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Five Ways a Seismic Retrofit Saves Money

Five Ways a Seismic Retrofit Saves Money

In order to calculate the real price of a seismic retrofit, commercial property owners should consider the money that a retrofit will save over the long run. Buildings in California that are over ten years old should all be inspected for a seismic retrofit. When considering a seismic retrofit, most property owners shop around, looking for the cheapest […]

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Is Your Commercial Property in Need of a Seismic Retrofit?

Is Your Commercial Property in Need of a Seismic Retrofit?

While buildings are not built to last forever, ongoing maintenance and structural upgrades will help to keep them standing when the next big earthquake hits.  The concept of “build it and forget it” is clearly dangerous. The lifespan of any structure can often be determined by engineering standards in place at the time it was […]

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Secure Non-Structural Elements Before an Earthquake Occurs

Secure Non-Structural Elements Before an Earthquake Occurs

The “Big One” that has been forecast for the San Andreas fault could end up being bigger than earthquake experts previously thought.  Recent research shows that a portion of the southern fault is long overdue for a major earthquake and some scientists say it could stretch up to 340 miles and be capable of a […]

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