Residential Seismic Retrofit Contractors for the past 21 Years!
Bay Area Retrofit was founded in 1994 by general manager Howard Cook who became a seismic retrofit contractor after evaluating earthquake damaged homes first hand working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has intensively researched the subject including flying down to Los Angeles to study the effects of the Northridge Earthquake and developing important relationships with the engineers commanding seismic engineering laboratories. This website is full of original material and is the result of this research. One important factor in figuring out if you should retrofit for not is the proximity of your house to a known earthquake fault.
Howard wrote an article for the Journal of Light Construction, a magazine targeting construction professionals, and was interviewed as a seismic retrofit expert on national and local TV. He was trained by a top notch structural engineer Nels Roselund (since retired) and currently retains structural engineer Katy Briggs. He has made numerous other contributions to the field of seismic retrofitting.
You need to Protect yourself from more than Earthquakes.
We have devoted a webpage that explores the ins and outs of worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Hiring a licensed contractor is of course a good idea. It means you can go after his $5000 bond with the State Contractor’s Licensing Board. However, just because he has a license does not mean you are protected if someone gets injured. Many contractors have employees but do not carry workers’ compensation insurance as required by law. This insurance is expensive and reduces a contractor’s ability to compete. It is extremely important that you look into this or you could lose your house rather than save it.
Education is our First Priority
As a consumer you should ask questions so that you are sure you are getting what you paid for before proceeding. Our FAQ page answers most of those questions.
A Well-Trained Crew
Howard holds classes to make sure our employees understand the engineering behind retrofitting and how to apply it. Seismic retrofits often have unexpected challenges and training in engineering is vital.
It takes a unique individual to be smart enough to grasp the engineering principles and at the same time be OK with crawling under houses all day which is what seismic retrofitters must do.
We are innovators
Bay Area Retrofit developed the Flush Cut Method so we could do work that was based on the best science. This method creates seismic retrofits that are better and stronger.
In addition, Bay Area Retrofit is the only seismic retrofit contractor in the country that uses Mudsill Plates, a type of hardware made after the Northridge Earthquake.
Howard saw a great opportunity when he was able to bring in the Bay Area Retrofit’s Operations Manager, Jeff Bailey, as a partner in 2005. Howard believed Jeff’s enthusiasm, 40+ years in construction, and a degree in construction management made him highly qualified for this important position.
Cities and Counties We Serve in the San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Retrofit serves the following cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
|Alameda||Contra Costa||Marin||San Mateo||Santa Clara||Sonoma|
|Albany||Antioch||Corte Madera||Belmont||Campbell||El Verano|
|Berkeley||Bay Point||Fairfax||Brisbane||Cupertino||Glen Ellen|
|Castro Valley||Bethel Island||Greenbrae||Burlingame||Los Altos||Kenwood|
|Dublin||Blackhawk||Kentfield||Colma||Los Altos Hills||Rohnert Park|
|Emeryville||Brentwood||Larkspur||Daly City||Milpitas||Santa Rosa|
|Fremont||Byron||Mill Valley||East Palo Alto||Monte Sereno||Sebastopol|
|Hayward||Canyon||Novato||Foster City||Mount Hamilton||Sonoma|
|Newark||Concord||Ross||Menlo Park||Palo Alto|
|Oakland||Crockett||San Anselmo||Millbrae||San Jose|
|Piedmont||Danville||San Geronimo||Pacifica||Santa Clara|
|Pleasanton||Diablo||San Rafael||Redwood City||Saratoga|
|San Leandro||Discovery Bay||Sausalito||San Bruno||Sunnyvale|
|San Lorenzo||El Cerrito||Tiburon||San Carlos|
|Sunol||El Sobrante||San Mateo|
|Union City||Hercules||South San Francisco|
Interviewed on Channel 9 PBS Documentary and The News House
Instructor for the Association of Bay Area Governments
Member: International Code Council