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Use Earthquake Retrofitting to Maintain Building Safety Codes

Use Earthquake Retrofitting to Maintain Building Safety Codes
 

One of the worst things commercial landlords can do to their own interests is allow the buildings they lease to go for a very long time without any updates, renovations or retrofitting to the latest safety codes. The work it takes to maintain buildings in several states, including California, includes more than just cosmetic updating and remodeling. Often earthquake retrofitting and structural engineering changes are necessary to ensure a commercial property is as safe as possible.

Most tenants, especially those who think that the operation of the building is critical to keeping their businesses functioning, feel more secure and will remain in occupancy contracts for longer periods if they know the property has regular maintenance and renovations. Repeated turnover with tenants is not only costly, it can have an adverse impact to the overall value of the property.  As most people on the West Coast have heard, the next big earthquake is expected at some point within the next 20-30 years. When it happens, it will not be the tenants who are left liable for the financial loss, or any remaining mortgage, if the building collapses.

Commercial buildings that were built more than ten years ago may not meet the more recently developed California safety codes. Because technology continues to advance rapidly, building codes and engineering standards are regularly being strengthened and updated. Thus, most older buildings don’t measure up to the most current requirements, and insurance companies typically will not insure properties that do not meet current building and safety codes.

The original construction method used for a particular building in California has a major impact on the solutions earthquake retrofitting can offer; this requires an expert evaluation and quote. Many times commercial landlords who use earthquake retrofitting to maintain buildings hesitate to bring in work crews to an occupied office space. The right choice of contractor is critical; pick an experienced contractor so you and your tenants can be assured that the work will be completed in an organized manner with minimal interruptions to daily business operations.

It’s quite possible to continue excellent tenant relations during earthquake retrofitting. Neither the landlord nor the tenant wants a construction project to disturb business operations to the point where it seems vacating the property, working off-site or filing a complaint is necessary. Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit, offers retrofitting services throughout California along with an exclusive Six Star Tenant Service Program. This top-notch service program calls for close partnership and excellent communication with building tenants to minimize work flow disruptions and to ensure that normal business operations continue as expected.

If your commercial property is considered an historical building, the choice of contractor becomes even more critical. Owners of historical buildings in many towns and cities throughout California are responsible to maintain their properties in accordance with the city, county or state historical society requirements. These historical societies have a very low tolerance for any damage or modification to the building’s structure, interior or facade. Saunders Commercial Seismic Retrofit employs only full-time, experienced professionals who have the necessary training and expertise for construction on historical buildings.

It is always wise for any commercial landlord to consider the point of view of the tenants. They most likely want to maintain consistent operations with as little disruption as possible for as long as possible. To get more information on how to renovate your commercial buildings to more current California codes with earthquake retrofitting, call Saunders Commercial Earthquake Retrofit Bay Area today!

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