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  • Writer's pictureMike Abell, Professional Civil Engineer

Our offer for soft-story retrofit


If you're a property owner who needs a soft-story retrofit, you might be feeling overwhelmed.


This is quite an undertaking.



You need to:


- Strengthen your building.


- Meet city requirements.


- Budget for a big financial expense.



We understand you have a lot to deal with.


Where do you even begin?



You must be concerned with:


- The total project cost.


- Coordinating the whole process.


- Getting a good design that's cost effective.


- Getting the best construction quotes for that design.



This is a lot to manage.


How do you take care of all this, while getting the best outcomes at the best price?


Well, the good news is that you don't have to, because ...



We'll take care of it for you.


We'll coordinate design, permitting, and construction, all at the lowest cost for each project phase.



Our offer is that we'll provide you with:


01) An accurate initial estimate of project scope and total construction cost.


02) Cost-effective engineering service.


03) Cost-effective retrofit design.


04) The lowest construction quotes from our recommended contractors.



We'll do all of this while keeping our engineering fee low.



How is this possible?


We perfected our workflow during San Francisco's mandatory soft-story retrofit program.


Now we can offer you:


- Optimized project delivery.


- Automated process and coordination.


- Relationships with the best contractors who provide the lowest construction quotes.



We do all this to ensure that you have:


- Peace of mind.


- Significant savings (of money and time).


- Confidence that you're getting the best design and construction for the lowest cost.



Here is our offer in more detail.



01) Accurate initial estimate for total project cost


We will:


- Provide you with a complimentary briefing on your building and project.


- Sketch out a preliminary retrofit scope.


- Use our algorithm to calculate an accurate initial estimate of total project cost.



02) Cost-effective engineering service


We're a small, agile, tech-savvy team who values efficiency with low overhead. Our workflow is template-based so we can optimize project delivery.


This generates savings that we pass on to you while we add value to each project phase.



03) Cost-effective retrofit design


We also value design economy. Working with us, you'll minimize construction cost while receiving reliable design that reflects industry forefront.


Other specialists over-engineer and burden you with unnecessary expense. We have techniques that achieve code compliance with much less cost. For example, we specify no moment frames or new foundation work unless absolutely necessary. Instead, we find strategic ways to retrofit your building using only wood-frame shear walls installed into existing foundation.



04) Low construction quotes from excellent contractors


We have a network of the best contractors who price cost-effectively.


Once your design is complete, we will:


- Collect construction quotes for you.


- Pair you with a recommended contractor.


- Provide inspection during construction.


- Make sure everything is done well and according to plan.



We'll help you:


- Protect your property.


- Comply with building code.


- Remove your building from any soft-story list.



You'll also save future expenses in that:


- Your building won't collapse during the next major earthquake.


- Damage will be substantially reduced or eliminated.


- You won't need earthquake insurance.



You'll have confidence and peace of mind knowing that you have the best specialists, best product, and best service, all at best price.



Planning a Soft-Story Retrofit?


Leave us a message below in our website footer. We're happy to provide you with a complimentary consultation on your building and project.

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