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The Best Soft-Story Retrofit Contractors in Los Angeles, CA

Posted by Alex Rodriguez on Aug 29 2018

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Do you have a soft story building in Los Angeles or Santa Monica and need soft story retrofit? Looking for a trustworthy soft-story retrofit contractor can be daunting so I wrote this article to help you. My name is Alexander Rodriguez, MBA, I am a general contractor and I own a construction company that specializes in soft-story retrofits here in Los Angeles. This is an honest comparison of the best soft-story contractors in Los Angeles, California. The reason I am writing is this article is because I know many of my future customers are researching and looking for a soft story retrofit contractor. Over the last 14 years in business I have learned that we are not a perfect fit for everyone. Clients have different needs, personality types and are located in various geographic areas that we may not service (sorry San Bernardino) 

At Bay Cities Construction we are all about providing value to our customers and with that said I’d like to introduce you to five companies you can consider for your retrofit project other than us . There are many construction companies out there and we know you have options. We never shy away from a challenge even if that means giving you a list of our competitors. We have outlined and organized each company’s information in a way that is easy to read because you should know what other licensed soft story retrofit contractors work in your area. We also looked for social proof (Facebook and Yelp Reviews) on various websites. I have also linked various soft story retrofit blog articles below so you can continue your research. The more you educate yourself about this process the easier it will be to make decision on getting your building retrofitted.

Most homeowners worry about three main things when considering a soft story retrofit: How much is the soft story retrofit going to cost? How long will it take? Which contractor can I trust to charge me a fair price?  We have also written an article that talks about what to look for when hiring a contractor. Please let me know if you find this information helpful, here are the top 5 kitchen remodelers in South Bay, California.

This is what you will learn from this article:
  • Contractor Name, Contractor License Number, City.
  • Confirm name of the owner/ CEO
  • Confirmed that contractor does soft story retrofits.
  • How many years have they been in business.
  • Are they reviewed on Facebook, Yelp, Google or other social media? Are they reviewed on Yelp?
  • Will they work with customers that hired an independent engineer?


 
 
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  1. Penhall (License #280065), Anaheim, CA
  • President & CEO Greg Rice
  • Confirmed that contractor does soft story retrofit construction services– Yes.
  • In business 43 years, established 1975.
  • Reviewed on Facebook? Yes, 4 Stars (more than 50 reviews).
  • Reviewed on Yelp? Yes, 5 Stars (more than 10 reviews).
  • Do they provide engineering plans? YES.
  • Will they work with customers that have approved engineering plans from another company? No

 

As of July 2018 - Penhall is no longer taking on any more retrofit projects. 

 

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(Cal Quake Team)

  1. Cal-Quake (License #759817), Los Angeles, CA
  • President Shelly Perluss.
  • Confirmed that contractor does soft story retrofit construction services– Yes.
  • In business 28 years, established 1990.
  • Reviewed on Yelp? Yes, 5 Stars (more than 9 reviews).
  • Do they provide engineering plans? YES.
  • Will they work with customers that have approved engineering plans from another company? Yes.

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  1. Optimum Seismic (License #1012702), Vernon, CA
  • Owned by Ali Vahdani.
  • Confirmed that contractor does soft story retrofit construction services– Yes.
  • In business 34 years, established 1984.
  • Reviewed on Yelp? Yes, 5 Stars (more than 10 reviews).
  • Do they provide engineering plans? YES.
  • Will they work with customers that have approved engineering plans from another company? Yes.

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  1. Retro Experts (License #1020524) Encino, CA
  • President & CEO Eli Fitlovitz
  • Confirmed that contractor does soft story retrofit construction services– Yes.
  • In business 2 years, established 2016.
  • Reviewed on Yelp? Yes, 5 Stars (more than 9 reviews).
  • Do they provide engineering plans? YES.
  • Will they work with customers that have approved engineering plans from another company? Yes 

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  1. Alpha Structural (License # A-663409) Carson, CA.
  • Owned by David Tourje.
  • Confirmed that contractor does soft story retrofit – Yes.
  • In business 25 years, established 1993.
  • Reviewed on Yelp? Yes, 4.5 Stars (More than 20 reviews).
  • Do they draft plans for client? Yes.
  • Will they work with customers that have approved engineering plans from another company? No.

This may be the first time you have seen a licensed soft story retrofit general contractor show you his competitors but make no mistake we are deeply committed to earning your business! We know you have options when considering a soft story retrofit contractor, and we want you to do your homework and become educated in the soft story retrofit process.  As a construction professional and subject matter expert, I have written numerous articles about soft story retrofit construction and engineering. Our blog page hosts a library of construction related articles to help you with your retrofit project. We also host a Youtube channel with a vast library of construction videos. This learning library is a great free resource made just for you. Our intention is to educate potential customers and keep them up to date on current construction related topics, trends and regulations.

best-retrofit-contractor-in-los-angeles(Thousands of buildings in Los Angeles with “tuck-under” parking will require a retrofit)

Most property owners shop for construction estimates but they ignore the human element behind the company. Make sure to interview your potential contractor; don’t rely on estimates alone because 98% of all initial-estimates do not reflect the actual cost of the project. Soft story retrofit projects can be overwhelming to tackle alone, you need a team of pros. Ready to take the next step?  We’re certain that Bay Cities Construction is the best general contractor for your retrofit project, you can Schedule an Appointment by clicking HERE. We offer a complimentary 1-hour consultation, so you can meet our team and we can discuss your retrofit project.


Want to Learn More?

If you want to learn everything there is to know about soft-story retrofits you'll want to check out our most in-depth article What is a Soft-Story Retrofit? Everything You Need to Know About Retrofits  on our newest websiteThere, you'll be able to access all of our retrofit blog articles, case studies, our retrofit gallery, short videos, and enjoy free access to our full-length soft-story webinars. Our team has developed all this content for property owners like you. It is your destination to learn all about the retrofit process. Bay Cities Construction and Soft-Story Retrofit Pros is here to help answer any questions you may have about your retrofit project. Our team has the experience to Engineer & Build a Cost-Effective Retrofit Solution for your property. Get started today by visiting our website at www.softstoryretrofitpros.com to schedule a free assessment. 

 

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About the Author:

Alexander Rodriguez, MBA is a licensed contractor with over 20 years of construction experience. He has published hundreds of construction-related articles and is also an Adjunct Professor at Mount Saint Mary University, Los Angeles. If you would like feedback about your building please email pictures of your building’s tuck under parking area and email them to alex@baycitiesconstruction.com.

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