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All posts for the month September, 2010

Berkeley Soft Story Ordinance Update

According to a recent article in Daily Cal, the following are most recent statistics of the Berkeley Soft Story Ordinance compliance Current number of building subject to the ordinance requirements 270 Building owners not in compliance with notification and warning pasting requirements 50% Building owners not in compliance of filing of the engineering reports 13% […]

Enginious Structures in the Press

Check out this article discussing one of our seismic retrofit projects in Petaluma: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100816/ARTICLES/100819601/1349?Title=Work-starts-on-eyesore- The project involves a seismic retrofit, renovations and addition to the turn of the last century prominent brick building in downtown Petaluma.  Steel braced frames along the longitudinal walls and shop welded, field bolted steel moment frames in transverse direction were […]

Soft-Story Proposition on San Francisco Ballot

Proposition A is a bond measure that gives loans for seismic retrofit of “soft-story” buildings with affordable units. Mayor Newsom, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, David Chiu, City Administrator Ed Lee and Gabe Metcalf of SPUR wrote the official “yes” argument – with the question: “remember Hurricane Katrina?” Paid arguments by the Chamber of Commerce, DBI […]