Seismic Retrofitting

Cadence Builds has extensive knowledge and hands on experience with URM Seismic retrofitting in the Seattle area. We have successfully retrofitted buildings throughout Seattle. On these projects we worked with the building owners, engineers and the City of Seattle DPD to ensure these buildings are better equiped to handle the next seismic event.

"Unreinforced masonry buildings have proven over the years and around the world to be the most vulnerable buildings in an earthquake. Following the Nisqually Quake in 2001, two-thirds of the buildings that were determined to be unsafe to immediately enter were URMs. 

The City of Seattle is considering the possibility of mandating retrofits for buildings with unreinforced masonry (URM) bearing walls to help mitigate the losses that could result from earthquakes, such as injuries to people and damage to buildings. The objective of the program is to reduce the risk of collapse of URMs without resulting in demolition or vacation of buildings."  - City of Seattle DPD website