Soft Story Builders
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License # 599288   Est. 1990
(310) 223-6819
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Soft Story Builders
 The trusted soft story retrofitting contractor Los Angeles apartment and condominium owners rely on.

​If you are in Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley in California and are looking for exceptional soft story retrofitting services you can count on, you couldn't have come to a better place!
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Soft Story Retrofitting
Soft Story Builder is a construction company dedicated to providing outstanding soft story retrofitting services in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, and other neighboring areas in the state of California. We are licensed under the California Contractors State License Board and are backed by over three decades of tried, tested, and proven excellence and dependability in ensuring the structural integrity and safety of your building. As a  licensed contractor, Los Angeles clients turn to us for trusted services that help keep their homes and their families safer. Soft Story Builder is dedicated to providing nothing less than outstanding retrofitting construction services that keep your property up to date with today's building standards. Our services are geared towards giving our clients the peace of mind they deserve, knowing that their building, home or apartment has become  safer. 
Soft Story Builders

Our team and full contruction crews will handle your project from start to finish and provide:

  1.  Free estimates. 
  2.  Strucual engineering and plans.   
  3.  Scheduling with tennants for  construction start date.
  4. All installations of engineered steel and concrete systems from start to finish.
  5. Final permit and a clean site.


Soft Story are proficient and clean throughout our construction process. Providing safety to tennants and crews are of our utmost importance.
If you are the owner of  a condominium , apartment, home or building and would like to make sure that your structure is as safe and structurally sound as possible, there's no need to look anywhere else because the seasoned soft story retrofitting experts here at Soft Story Builders have all your needs perfectly covered!
To find out more about how Soft Story Builder can help you with all your soft story retrofitting needs, please call us today for a free estimate at (310) 947-5822 or email us at kevinaoc@gmail.com. You can also send us a fax message at (310) 223-6819 any time!

Earthquake Retrofitting



What is a soft-story building?
A soft-story building is a structure which has a weaker first floor and is unable to carry the weight of the stories above during an earthquake. The first floor generally would have large openings in the perimeter walls such as garages, tuck under parking or even large windows.

From past earthquakes, multi-story buildings with weak and/or open front wall lines creating a “soft-story” with tuck-under-parking performed poorly and collapsed. The goal of the mandatory retrofit program, under Ordinance 183893 and Ordinance 184081, is to reduce structural deficiencies by the most economical and feasible method.

Without proper strengthening, these vulnerable buildings may be subjected to structural failure during and/or after an earthquake. Buildings that are most vulnerable have been identified with the following criteria:

  • Consist of 2 or more stories wood frame construction
  • Built under building code standards enacted before January 1, 1978
  • Contains ground floor parking or other similar open floor space
  • The program does not apply to residential buildings with 3 or less units.


What should a building owner do?

 The property owner must hire a Califorinia B licensed contractor or an engineer or architect licensed in the state of California to evaluate the strength of the building. The engineer or architect must then develop plans for the building’s seismic strengthening in compliance with this program.

Each property owner of these buildings will be sent an order to comply. These orders will be sent accordingly based on the following priorities:

I. Buildings with 16 or more dwelling units 3-story and above May 2, 2016


2-story July 22, 2016


II. Buildings with 3 or more stories with less than 16 units

Oct 17, 2016

III. Buildings not falling within the definition of Priority I or II with 9-15 units Jan 30, 2017
with 7-8 units May 29, 2017
with 4-6 units Aug 14, 2017


Condos/Commercial Oct 30, 2017

The property owner must comply with the ordinance within the following time limits:

From the receipt of the Order to Comply:
2 years: Submit proof of previous retrofit, or plans to retrofit or demolish
3.5 years: Obtain permit to start construction or demolition
7 years: Complete construction


1994 Northridge Earthquake where many buildings failed. Had these buildings had  moment frames installed, many lives could have been saved.