UPDATE ON SEISMIC RETROFIT BILL AB 2681

BOMA/GLA has been actively involved in monitoring and shaping seismic legislation that would seriously impact commercial buildings in California. AB 2681 (Nazarian) as originally written mandated that cities develop a list of “potentially vulnerable buildings” based on certain age and construction criteria. The list would be posted on a public website, and owners would be required to perform a seismic audit and report the findings to the city.

BOMA/GLA'S MARTHA COX-NITIKMAN QUOTES IN LA TIMES RE: SEISMIC AGAIN

BOMA/GLA's Martha Cox-Nitikman has been in the LA Times recently discussing seismic retrofit for commercial property owners. With more and more cities considering mandatory seismic retrofit legislation, its important that our voice is heard. Stay tuned for more and click here to read the article at the LA Times. 

SANTA MONICA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES SEISMIC RETROFIT ORDINANCE FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

BOMA/GLA testified at a hearing yesterday of the Santa Monica City Council on a sweeping seismic retrofit ordinance affecting a wide range of pre-1996 structures. These include unreinforced concrete, tilt-up, and steel moment frame buildings, as well as soft story apartments. Single family homes are not included. Buildings must be reviewed by a structural engineer and brought up to a specific standard within a set time period.

BOMA/GLA was successful in the inclusion of a number of key provisions:

CITY OF SANTA MONICA TO UPDATE SEISMIC RETROFIT ORDINANCE

BOMA/GLA members from Santa Monica recently attended a meeting with city Building Official Ron Takiguchi and representatives from city-contracted engineering firm Degenkolb to discuss an update to the seismic retrofit ordinance. While residential and steel frame buildings will be covered, the discussion focused on concrete unreinforced structures.