Soft Story Retrofitting Experts

California foundation works have been a soft story retrofitting expert for over 20 years. We provide a wide range of foundation repair and or maintenance programs to suit your foundation needs in the greater Los Angeles area. 

Buildings constructed of concrete suffer a specific type of damage when earthquakes and earth shifting occurs, including cracked and chipped walls, but most alarmingly, structural 

failure of multi-story buildings with soft ground floors used for parking. This type of weak concrete structure is referred to as a Soft Story. The extensive damage that this type of building can sustain during an earthquake is most often due to an inherent weakness in the structural system, design, detailing, poor material quality, and unsound construction practices.

We are here to help property owners especially since the city of  Los Angeles has just adopted a mandatory ordinance requiring all soft-story buildings to be retrofitted. Don’t wait to make your building a safer place. California Foundation Works works directly with structural engineers on each project to bring it up to today’s codes.

Related: Balcony Repair

Our Services Include:

  • Shear Wall reinforcement

  • Concrete shear walls

  • Moment resisting steel frames

  • Reinforced steel columns

  • Foundation footings and grade beams

  • Braced steel frames

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Soft Story Retrofitting

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Seismic Retrofitting

Reasons For Soft Story Foundation Damage

  • Poor material quality

  • Inadequate steel reinforcement

  • Poor detailing of structural joints

  • insufficient steel reinforcement in columns with a large aspect ratio

  • inappropriate anchoring of beam and slab reinforcement

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Soft Story Retrofitting Procedure

  • The concrete slab is broken up
  • New reinforcement beams are installed underneath the old concrete poles that support the structure
  • Concrete is poured to reinforce the new beams
  • After the process is complete, the structure is stabilized

Related: Patio Installation

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