Many properties, residential, commercial
and apartment buildings have what is called a soft story condition. This
term is used to describe any building that has a habitable room or
rooms above a garage, carport or porch area that was not specifically
designed to transmit shear or lateral forces to the story above.
Failures of these types of building or structure with soft story
conditions can lead to loss of lives in an earthquake. Many counties in
California are currently drafting ordinances to require retrofitting of
all soft story buildings.
Taylor & Syfan Consulting Engineers
has extensive expertise with a wide variety of retrofit projects.
Should your soft-story building need to be evaluated for compliance
with the ordinance or strengthened and brought up to date with
current seismic standards, we can help.