MiTek’s Hardy Frame Special Moment Frames, Shear Walls, USP Connectors, and Anchorage Solutions Help Building Owners Comply with New “Soft Story” Retrofit Ordinances
Chesterfield, MO, April 26, 2016 – MiTek® today announced that Hardy Frame offers a range of solutions for building owners, structural engineers, and contractors to design solutions that comply with new “soft story” retrofit ordinances in California. These ordinances (part of broad government retrofit mandates) require soft-story structures to be seismically retrofit to better resist earthquake loads.
A soft story structure is typically an apartment complex built over first floor carports with large openings but little structural support to resist the lateral forces of earthquakes.
According to the LA Times, in the City of Los Angeles alone, an estimated 13,500 structures will be subject to the new ordinances. Similar laws have been adopted in the San Francisco and East Bay areas. The Los Angeles and San Francisco building departments are often seen as building safety leaders, and their ordinances are commonly adopted by neighboring jurisdictions.
To bring buildings into compliance with the ordinances, MiTek offers the Hardy Frame® Shear Wall System that includes Prefabricated Panels and Prefabricated Special Moment Frames (SMF), as well as steel connectors from USP Structural Connectors and CIA GEL7000-C epoxy. MiTek has developed a new special soft-story website (link) to showcase its structural retrofit solutions: HardyFrame.com/softstory. (A recent illustrated Journal of Light Construction feature article explains the Hardy Frame SMF installation process, in detail.)
“The cost to retrofit is a fraction of the cost to repair or replace a building that’s been damaged in an earthquake. And of course life, personal safety, or even displacement of tenants can’t be measured in terms of cost. The efficient design of MiTek Builder Products retrofit solutions, combined with the simplicity and flexibility of the field installation, will help assure successful retrofits,” said Maged Diab, President of MiTek Builder Products.
MiTek is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products, services, and equipment to the residential, commercial, and industrial, construction sectors. MiTek Industries’ passion for its associates’ well-being and its customers’ success is the company’s hallmark. A Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: brk-a, NYSE: brk-b) since 2001, MiTek has operations in more than 40 countries on six continents. Learn more: MiTek-us.com and MII.com.
John D. Wagner