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Seismic Retrofit Mandatory Ordinance

Sponsored by Dolan's and Simpson Strong-tie® for Bay Area architects, builders, contractors and engineers. Hope you were one of the dozens who were able to attend.and enjoyed the country breakfast at our Walnut Creek Showroom.

The San Francisco mandatory earthquake-safety retrofit ordinance has now been adopted for Berkeley. Other Bay Area communities are reported to be working on similar legislation. Special guest was the Simpson Strong-Tie retrofit expert, Derrick Dinelli, who also answered questions about what's new and different in retrofit. 

In 2013, on the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Mayor Ed Lee signed the Retrofit Ordinance. This legislation requires the retrofit for all San Francisco “multi-unit soft-story buildings,” defined as: wood-frame structures, containing five or more residential units, having two or more stories over a "soft" or "weak" story, and permitted for construction prior to January 1, 1978.

For more than 50 years, Simpson Strong-Tie® has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, Simpson Strong-Tie is one of the largest suppliers of structural building products in the world. Have questions about Simpson products? Visit one of our lumber and home improvement centers in Concord and Pinole. Phone calls welcome.

The company is committed to helping you succeed by providing code-listed, field-tested products, and value-engineered solutions. Its product lines include Structural Connectors, Fasteners, Wood and Steel Strong-Wall® prefabricated shearwalls, Anchor Tiedown Systems for multi-story buildings, Quik Drive® auto-feed screw driving systems, and Anchor Systems for concrete and masonry. Simpson Strong-Tie products are known for their consistent quality and availability as well as for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces.

Retrofit magazine has named the Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Wall® SB wood shearwall to its Top 50 Products of 2014 list, published in the 2015 January-February issue.

The Strong-Wall SB shearwall is a prefabricated, trimmable wood shearwall that offers enhanced design flexibility and greater lateral-force-resistance performance for a range of applications, including supporting two-story structures, garage portals and large openings. In areas susceptible to seismic activity or high winds, it provides structural support comparable to steel shearwalls in narrow panel widths. The design of the Strong-Wall SB enables installers to field-trim the shearwall for customized heights and rake walls. ♦