We know with typical soft story buildings in Los Angeles, the support for the overhang is not solidly connected to the foundation. Too many structural parts move independently during an earthquake. This can be a problem, but it can be solved with proper foundation structural repair.
Because of the way a soft story building was built (building overhang supports sit on foundation, but are not tied together with the foundation). Thus, the soft story building supports can shift when an earthquake hits, sometimes causing the building to collapse.
That's why Foundation Specialist in Los Angeles all recommend an soft story retrofit to a soft story building. This involves adding a steel frame that is created and built into the foundation and overhang of a soft story building. Tying both the buildings overhang and foundation together. So when an earthquake hits, everything moves together and does not break apart.
If you have a soft story retrofit project coming up, give Sinai Construction Engineering a call. (323) 655-0960. Or contact one of our Foundation Experts in Los Angeles we've been doing this for decades, and can save you time, money, and headaches...