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Earthquake Retrofit Bay Area  // Posts published by Earthquake Retrofit Bay Area

Predicting Earthquakes – Is It Possible?

Predicting Earthquakes – Is It Possible?

There are a number of nations, including Japan and China, that have long established agencies dedicated to forecasting seismic activity.  Unfortunately, the United States seems to be bringing up the rear.  Some in the scientific community still talk about the so-called impossibility of even attempting to predict an earthquake.  On the other hand, there are […]

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Tips for Earthquake Retrofitting Occupied Buildings

Tips for Earthquake Retrofitting Occupied Buildings

Many occupied buildings in the Bay Area of California, especially those built more than 15 years ago, are in need structural maintenance, including an earthquake retrofit.  Apartment buildings, healthcare facilities, and other residential buildings, not to mention some large business operations, are occupied around the clock, seven days a week.   Commercial property owners often have […]

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Affordable Earthquake Insurance Is Possible in California

Affordable Earthquake Insurance Is Possible in California

Did you know that there are about 500,000 earthquakes a year around the world?  Sensitive instruments can detect even the smallest seismic activity.  About 100,000 of those earthquakes can be felt, and approximately one hundred cause damage each year.  The southern California area alone experiences about 10,000 earthquakes annually, but most of them are not […]

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Triple Net Lease Recommendations

Triple Net Lease Recommendations

If a commercial property owner decides to lease out a building to a business entity using a Triple Net Lease, the tenant is responsible for more than just the rent and utilities.  In most cases, Triple Net Lease tenants are also responsible for real estate taxes, building insurance. and the cost of any necessary building […]

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Prepare For an Earthquake – Secure Non-Structural Elements

Prepare For an Earthquake – Secure Non-Structural Elements

Is your commercial property ready for the next BIG earthquake? In the last few years, most people have heard about and seen the world news stories about the last several major earthquakes.  Many pictures of extreme devastation, especially in Haiti, come to mind when remembering the earthquake there.  While the earthquake that occurred in Japan […]

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Protect Owner Liability With an Earthquake Retrofit

Protect Owner Liability With an Earthquake Retrofit

There are a number of reasons why a business owner decides to purchase commercial real estate property. Of course, one of the main reasons probably includes the desire to eliminate rental payments.  An even greater reason that is often considered is to capture the long-term financial return that comes with owning commercial real estate.  When […]

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Finding the Right Structural Engineer

Finding the Right Structural Engineer

Structural Engineering is not a very precise science, especially when it comes to retrofitting existing buildings.  Depending on the engineer chosen, enhancements can be added that may increase the construction expense close to sixty percent.  When considering a commercial earthquake retrofit, it is important to understand that spending more on construction costs does not necessarily […]

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Reduce the PML Rating of a Bay Area Building

Reduce the PML Rating of a Bay Area Building

If you are looking for a lender to finance a building loan or mortgage, you will find it difficult to convince them to accept any amount of risk.  Money lenders today realize that they just cannot afford to be left high and dry in the event of strong seismic activity.  They realize that is exactly […]

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Should Bay Area Buildings Be Reinforced?

Should Bay Area Buildings Be Reinforced?

An earthquake retrofit definitely can strengthen existing commercial properties, providing more resistance to seismic activity, including devastating earthquakes. For most commercial buildings, this process typically consists of a variety of steps, including strengthening weak connections found in shear walls, roof to wall connections, continuity ties, and the roof diaphragm.  Earthquakes are unexpected events that happen […]

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Earthquake Retrofit Inspection Finds Roof Condensation Damage

Earthquake Retrofit Inspection Finds Roof Condensation Damage

Experienced investors often know what problems to look for before they purchase an industrial building, warehouse, or manufacturing facility.  There are quite a few new faces in the commercial real estate market today; due to the current economy and the great prices that are available, it is a good time to buy commercial properties.  New […]

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