At Consulting Engineers Corp., we know the devastating effects that an earthquake and other natural disasters can have on the structure of your property. The state of California is no stranger to earthquakes, and even though they only last between 10 to 30 seconds, they can cause a substantial amount of damage to your commercial building or industrial space.
An earthquake can put your property to the test, as it must be able to absorb the earthquake’s energy and provide a stable path to transfer these forces back into the ground. When your building has been properly tied together by a engineer, you don’t have to worry about your building collapsing. If your property needs some reinforcing, a couple things to keep in mind are:
- It’s important to make sure that the roof of your property is attached to the walls and the walls are braced and anchored to a strong foundation.
- Adding anchor bolts or steel plates between your building and its foundation can help secure it the next time an earthquake rolls through your town.
If your building has a wood frame, was constructed before 1979, or was built on a raised foundation, you may need a brace and bolt seismic retrofit to keep your building from sliding off of its foundation during an earthquake.
Basic Retrofitting Information
If the idea of retrofitting is completely new to you, the professionals at Consulting Engineers Corp. are here to help clear things up. In order to keep a commercial building or multi-unit housing development from falling off of its foundation, there are a few things that our engineers can do to strengthen your property.
Seismic retrofit is a unique field in the construction industry that involves modifying existing structures to enhance their capability to resist earthquake movement. This kind of retrofit can be executed on concrete masonry, softy story, unreinforced masonry, and concrete tilt-up construction.
Many historic structures were built during a time when there was less knowledge of seismic design and building codes were less restrictive. If this sounds like your building, there’s a good chance your structure may be vulnerable to damage or destruction in the event of an earthquake. By upgrading features like your foundation, floors, ceiling walls, and roof, you can greatly improve the resiliency of your California structure.
Why Do I Need Seismic Retrofitting?
If your commercial building or industrial space is in need of earthquake retrofitting, there are many benefits to hiring a engineer to help. When you invest in seismic retrofits for your property, you are:
- Ensuring the safety and security of your building and employees.
- Reducing hazards and losses from elements in the event of an earthquake.
- Increasing the lateral strength and ductility of your structure.
Consulting Engineers Corp: Your California Engineers
If you live in the state of California and you need seismic retrofits on your commercial, industrial, or multi-unit residential property, contact the professionals at Consulting Engineers Corp. today. As a leading provider of retrofitting techniques across California, we’re passionate about helping you secure and strengthen your building so you can avoid the devastating consequences that often come with earthquakes.
Since 1970, our experts have designed and retrofit over 100,000,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space. When you call our engineers, we’ll schedule a convenient time to come to your property for a thorough analysis of your structure. We’ll then draw up a proposal for your building for you to review. If you’re interested in learning more about our services, give us a call today!