The City of Los Angeles recently passed Ordinance 183893, which requires the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile concrete buildings. The goal of the mandatory retrofit programs, under the ordinance, is to reduce these structural deficiencies and improve the performance of these buildings during earthquakes. Without proper strengthening, these vulnerable buildings may be subjected to structural failure during and/or after an earthquake
Buildings that are most vulnerable have been identified with the following criteria:
- Consist of 2 or more stories wood frame construction
- Built under building code standards enacted before January 1, 1978
- Contains ground floor parking or other similar open floor space
A structure that has a weaker first floor and is unable
to carry the weight of the stories above during
an earthquake. The first floor generally has large
openings in the perimeter walls such as garages,
tuck-under parking or even large windows.
From the receipt of the Order to Comply:
- 2 years: Submit proof of previous retrofit, or plans to retrofit or demolish
- 3.5 years: Obtain permit to start construction or demolition
- 7 years: Complete construction
Galvic Construction can help you with all the necessary plans, engineering, permits and construction. We have an experienced team that specializes in earthquake rehabilitation work in order to meet the requirements of the different city ordinances and building codes.
We can make your project smooth and cost effective.