“Soft Story” Retrofitting

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“Soft Story” Retrofitting

Although multifamily property renovations and restorations are JDC’s bread and butter, the company also specializes in retrofitting “soft story” apartment buildings, apartment structures supported by inadequate perimeter walls around open spaces on the ground level (typically for carports) that are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. Many soft story buildings collapsed in San Francisco’s Marina district during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The Northridge Meadows apartment complex, which killed 16 people when it fell, was among the approximately 200 soft story buildings in Los Angeles to be severely damaged or destroyed in the 1994 Northridge quake.

Ethel Retrofit

JDC was retained for this retrofit in Studio City, CA for the seismic retrofitting that needed to be completed on the soft story parking. The project consisted of numerous grade beams, Moment frames, sheer wall and hold downs, stucco replacement, drywall replacement, fog coating and asphalt repair.

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Saticoy Retrofit

JDC was retained for this retrofit in Van Nuys, CA for the seismic retrofitting that needed to be completed on the soft story parking. The project consisted of numerous grade beams, Moment frames, sheer wall and hold downs, stucco replacement, fog coating and asphalt repair.

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Venice Retrofit

New Venice Partners LLC retained JDC to retrofit the soft story parking structures on 15 separate buildings in Venice, CA. Despite difficult access and the fact that the buildings were all occupied during the seismic retrofit, close communication between JDC and the owner’s management team helped this project not only run smoothly, but get completed within a three-month period of time.

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Winnetka Retrofit

JDC was retained for this retrofit in Winnetka, CA for the seismic retrofitting that needed to be completed on the soft story parking and to repair the existing settling and sagging that had occurred of the years.

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WHY JDC?

Thousands of soft story apartment buildings still dot the Los Angeles region. JDC recently retrofitted 15 of these in Venice, CA and is currently teaming up with an engineering firm in San Francisco to retrofit a number of multifamily buildings throughout the San Fernando Valley. With proposed legislation looming which would mandate seismic retrofitting of Los Angeles’ soft story buildings, this aspect of JDC’s business is likely to grow in the coming years.

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WHY JDC?

Thousands of soft story apartment buildings still dot the Los Angeles region. JDC recently retrofitted 15 of these in Venice, CA and is currently teaming up with an engineering firm in San Francisco to retrofit a number of multifamily buildings throughout the San Fernando Valley. With proposed legislation looming which would mandate seismic retrofitting of Los Angeles’ soft story buildings, this aspect of JDC’s business is likely to grow in the coming years.

When you hire JDC, you’re not just hiring a contractor.

When you want to build a work of art, it helps to have someone on your side who’s been doing this for a lifetime. With over 30 years of experience creating luxury homes and multifamily assets, JDC offers:

  • Thorough and accurate build budgets and timelines
  • Smarter building methods and materials
  • A dedicated project manager and construction manager team to oversee every detail of your build
  • A close, supportive, and mutually respectful relationship with your architect

Whether you’re just beginning to consider a project or whether you’re ready to get started, talk to us. We’ll make sure you get the utmost value at every stage of the process, and we know exactly how to make building your vision as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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