SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, ( a construction company, is now offering soft story retrofit services.

A typical Soft-Story building is a building with two or more stories located over a ground level floor with large openings, such as parking garages, or a commercial store with a large glass front. Without proper retrofitting, these building may be subjected to structural failure during or after an earthquake.

The City of Los Angeles recently passed a law mandating the retrofitting of all wood-frame soft-story structures.

The first step in any soft-story retrofitting project is analyzing the building and determining the best way to strengthen the structure, out of several available options. One of Silva Construction’s experts will determine the best approach.

Dave Silva stated “Getting a soft story structure retrofitted is mandatory in the city of Los Angeles. But even in other cities, this is an important step for an owner of a soft story apartment or retail building. During an earthquake these soft story structures can be very dangerous. Getting them retrofitted is the proactive approach to avoiding serious damage.”

David Clarke and Dave Silva are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at and their website can be seen at They can be reached at 310-831-6310.