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Alameda Soft-Story Ordinance Requirements

If you believe that your building is a soft-story building, it may be a good idea to have a licensed engineer take a look at your building before you receive a notification from the city, as the time line for appeals is tight, and requires engineering analysis. Your engineer should be able to tell you […]

The City of Alameda Soft-Story Ordinance

Alameda’s soft-story ordinance and how to tell if your building may be soft-story.

Soft-Story Buildings: An Overview

What is a soft-story building? The term “soft-story building” describes a building with a level or story that is significantly more flexible than the stories above it, which can be hazardous in the event of an earthquake. In multi-unit wood-frame buildings, weakness at the ground level stems from large openings in perimeter walls or insufficient […]


Hi, my name is Alexander (Sasha) Itsekson.  I am a California-licensed Structural Engineer at RDH Building Science Inc. I specialize in structural engineering including seismic analysis and retrofits, specifically “soft-story buildings”. For more information about me or RDH, please visit our website at rdh.com I have started this blog to address the lack of reader-friendly […]