Nimble Construction Engineering Team & Construction Leadership Retrofitting is an improvement to your building by altering or adding structural elements. Specifically, Soft-Story Seismic Retrofitting is using USGS data in calculations and creating a solution that should withstand the lateral movement of a building caused by an earthquake. We add elements to absorb the energy so that the gravity system (small poles holding your building up) does not collapse. In the 1995 Northridge Earthquake, 82,000 residential and commercial units were destroyed, and a large factor was due to Soft Story buildings.
Los Angeles city officials sent out a letter of compliance to all property owners of the thousands of buildings on their mandatory list. If you did not receive a letter, but want to know if your building meets the current safety standards, you can contact a soft-story retrofit company for a consultation. Nimble Construction offers this first consultation free of charge.
Since the rollout of the soft-story retrofit program, a number of companies have appeared on the scene. Make sure you hire a company that specializes in seismic retrofits. Find out how long they have been in business and how many projects they have completed. Check their resume for their qualifications and ask for a signed copy of their certificate of insurance.
Any information that involves a breakdown of the work involved, such as working drawings, a schedule of works and any contract particulars you may have. All of these items can aid us in supplying you with a formal quotation.
The answer to this question depends on a number of variables. First, the type of building you own, is it a soft-story or non-ductile concrete? How big the building is and how old it is will also determine the costs, as well as how much work needs to be done to bring it up to the current safety codes.
You can forward us any architectural drawings, and we will usually make a site visit to meet the client, and walk through the projects. We like to keep communication open as much as possible, and our aim is to deliver exactly what our clients require.
Payment is absolutely not required upfront. All respectable building companies will not require the full balance upfront. A detailed contract will be drawn up which will state set milestones customized to your project progress payments will be required. The final payment will be required only once all works are completed. Our most common payment terms are between 3 and 4 intervals.