While codes have continued to advance earthquake safe building, there are still a vast number of older buildings that fall far short of safe. Worst among them are the so called “soft” story buildings – the kind with the garage underneath and one side of the entire parking floor open to allow automobile access.
Recently we were approached by a home owner whose hillside garage floor was sagging. The site visit revealed the floor members were still healthy, free of dry rot and termite, but that the previous owner had put a very heavy tile floor on top of the existing floor, causing the excessive deflection. Several contractors suggested […]
The San Diego International Airport is celebrating the largest expansion in its 81-year history with the $1 billion “Green Build” Terminal Development Program. The project includes 10 new jet gates at Terminal 2 West, expanded dining and shopping, as well as terminal, roadway, parking and airfield improvements, as well as a new USO facility near […]
Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. “We’re supposed to find the height of this flagpole,” said Sven, “but we don’t have a ladder.” The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and […]
As everybody knows, there was always the possibility of building a “granny unit”, or “recreation room” in addition to an existing single family dwelling on an R-1 zoned lot. These structures could not have a kitchen, because that would have created a “second unit”. The City of Los Angeles recently changed the zoning to allow […]