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Mar
04
Soft-Story Retrofit | How Much do Retrofit Engineering Plans Cost in the City of Los Angeles

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If you received a notice from the Los Angeles Building and Safety about a soft story retrofit, you are probably wondering what the engineering plans are going to cost. This article will give you some guidelines on what you can expect to pay for architectural and engineering plans. We have also published a number of Soft Story related articles that you may find of value as you research your options. It is our intention to help building owners get their buildings compliant with the new soft-story retrofit ordinance.

What is the process of getting the plans drawn and approved?

  1. Interview potential Engineers

  2. Job walk at the buildings

  3. Sign Design agreement

  4. Building is measured

  5. Plans created

  6. Preliminary meeting with City Plan Checker

  7. Formal Submittal to the city 30-day plan check period

  8. Plan approval

  9. Tenant habitability plan filed and approved by the City of Los Angeles Housing Department

  10. Tenants notified of pending construction

  11. Contractor pull permit

  12. 20 days after notification construction starts.

Cost of the plans

The cost of the plans will determine the amount of work it will take to design an engineering solution for the structure. You should know that the engineers are trying to design a retrofit solution that will resist the seismic forces that a building will experience during an earthquake. Engineers have to consider the weight of the building, building size, existing building construction, proximity to the closest earthquake fault and other geological factors.

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(Small Apartment Building in West Los Angeles, CA)

Small Apartment Building

Approximate Cost: $5,000-$7,500

Building Profile:

  • Size 4-8 Units

  • Single

    story above tuck under parking.

  • Level lot with easy access to

    affected

    area.

  • No need to relocate any plumbing or major infrastructure.

  • Just shear walls and small grade beams.

  • Perhaps a single moment frame.

  • Some stucco repair due to diaphragm plywood installation.

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(Medium-Sized Apartment Building in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, CA)

Medium-Sized Apartment Building

Approximate Cost: $6,000-$7,500

Building Profile:

  • Size 10-15 Units.
  • Two stories, Single story above tuck under parking.
  • Level lot with easy to moderate access to the affected area.
  • Single Moment with full-length grade beams.
  • Shear walls and small grade beams on the return side walls or another part of building.

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(20-Unit Apartment Building in Sherman Oaks, CA)

Large Apartment Building

Approximate Cost: $12,000-$15,000

Building Profile:

  • Size 20-30 Units.
  • Two stories above tuck under parking.
  • Level lot with easy to moderate access to the affected area.
  • Single Moment with full-length grade beams.
  • Shear walls and small grade beams on the return side walls or another part of building.

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(Apartment Complex near USC, in Los Angeles, CA)

Apartment Complex

Approximate Cost: $20,000-$35,000

Building Profile:

  • Size 50+ Units.
  • Two and Three story above tuck under parking.
  • Level lot with easy to moderate access to affected area.
  • Multiple Moment frames with full length grade beams.
  • Multiple Shear walls and small grade beams on the return side walls or other part of buildering.
  • Plumbing or major infrastructure relocated.
  • Stucco repair needed at new shear walls.
  • Framing labor with new hold downs and hardware between floors.

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(Don’t waste your time at city hall, we take care of all the paperwork and submittals)

Helpful Facts

  • You should consider hiring an engineer/designer that collaborates with a licensed contractor. The retrofit design has a direct impact on all of your construction costs.

  • If you need a moment frame Use a Simpson Strong Frame, no welded frames.

  • Interview the Person, not the cost estimate. Make your hiring decision on who you have the most confidence will get the job done.

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