Hardy Frame in Retrofit Applications

Geological conditions and historical records of earthquakes help us to identify and classify high seismic zones.  Earthquakes such as the 1971 San Fernando, 1987 Whittier, 1989 Loma Prieta, 1994 Northridge, and 2001 Nisqually Washington have caused extensive damage to thousands of wood-framed single family and multifamily homes .  The resulting damage has helped to advance new products and methods that improve the structural integrity of existing buildings.   

This is an introduction for building owners in construction techniques and products available to provide connections that have been shown to improve a structures ability to resist earthquakes.  MiTek Builder Products include Hardy Frame prefabricated Shear Walls and USP Structural Connectors that are designed to resist earthquake loads.  These products are intended for installation in new construction or existing structures as a retrofit to improve the buildings ability to resist earthquake forces in order to provide safety and reduce damage.  

For buildings identified to need seismic strengthening, it is recommended that owners consult with a licensed professional engineer who is experienced and qualified in seismic design, and with a licensed contractor capable of performing the installations required.  For help selecting a qualified engineer contact the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) at www.seaoc.org.   

For walls with large openings such as garage doors, french doors and picture windows Hardy Frame Panels, Brace Frames and Special Moment Frames are specifically designed to add strength, stiffness and ductility.  For structural connections throughout the building, including anchorage to the foundation, USP Structural Connectors offer a variety of steel products and applications to provide earthquake resistance where it is needed most.   For all seismic retrofit applications please look to MiTek Builder Products for a complete line of economical structural components that are available from local building material suppliers.  Contact us today with questions or to request further information regarding seismic retrofit projects.

Retrofit Resources from Hardy Frame

Retrofit Guide
A great resource for building owners with an introduction to construction techniques and MiTek Builder Prodcuts available to strengthen soft story buildings in retrofit applications