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Santa Monica is one of the latest cities in California to require seismic retrofitting of vulnerable buildings. With 60 years of excellent service in the construction industry, Penhall is adequately positioned to meet your needs. We have a division focused on seismic retrofitting in California, and have a dedicated team to guide our clients throughout the entire retrofit process.
As a design–build firm, we have both an in-house engineering team and a well-equipped construction team who work together to streamline the whole project. Our clients can have one point of contact throughout the process. We provide value-engineering solutions to our clients in that we choose the best retrofitting options to meet the ordinance requirements at the lowest cost.
Please contact us at 213-358-2514 to schedule a free on-site property assessment. We are happy to discuss any and all questions you may have about your seismic retrofit needs.
Santa Monica Latest Seismic News
The Santa Monica seismic retrofit ordinance is currently in the 30-day petition period. The 2nd reading of the ordinance will be held on March 28th, and can potentially be in effect on April 1st. Upon the completion of the 30-days from the 2nd reading, the notices may be sent out.
The Santa Monica rent control board still has yet to make a decision on the amount of cost that owners are allowed to pass through to the tenants.
Based on the proposed noticing schedule (below), unreinforced masonry (“URM”) buildings are first in line. This would include any building with at least one unreinforced masonry bearing wall. The owners of these URM buildings will have 3 months from the date the notice was sent to have structural analysis performed on their buildings. This must be performed by a certified structural engineer/architect. The City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Building and Safety department is anticipating a surge in permit applications, which may affect the time it takes for application approval.
An address search on buildings that fall under the ordinance is available on the City of Santa Monica’s website.
Santa Monica Proposed Timeline
|Proposed Noticing Schedule|
|Building Type Categories||Start Date of Sending Notices||Quantity (Approx)||Compliance Date – Evaluation Report Due|
Compliance Date- Retrofit Complete
|URM||May 1, 2017||200|
|Concrete Tilt Up||July 10, 2017||30||Nov 2017|
|Soft Story -> 2 Stories||July 24, 2017||400|
|Soft Story- 16 or more units||October 16, 2017||60|
|Non-Ductile Concrete||October 16, 2017||70|
|Steel Moment Frame||October 16, 2017||80|
Soft Story – 2 Stories, 7 to 15 Units
|November 27, 2017||300|
Nov 2019-Feb 2020
Nov 2020-Feb 2021
Soft Story-2 Stories < 7 Units
|May 7, 2018||300|
|August 6, 2018||300|
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