During the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in the Los Angeles area, many steel moment-resisting frame structures experienced unexpected brittle damage to their beam-to-column connections.

Non-ductile concrete buildings are structures that contain brittle concrete elements (columns, beams, walls, and connections) that tend to perform poorly during earthquakes due to the limited amount of provided reinforcing steel.

An unreinforced masonry (URM) building is a building made of brick, hollow concrete blocks, stone, or other masonry with no steel reinforcing bars embedded in it, making it susceptible to severe damage and collapse during an earthquake.

A soft or weak story wood-framed building is a multi-story wood structure where the first story is substantially weaker and more flexible than the stories above due to lack of walls or frames at the first floor.

There are multiple cities across the west coast that are being proactive about reducing their seismic risk. 

Protecting our communities

Degenkolb is advocating for seismic resiliency across our communities. Look below for information on ordinances in areas that we operate as well as educational information on the definition of the types of buildings affected.