Seismic retrofit contractor Howard Cook founded Bay Area Retrofit in 1994 after looking at earthquake damaged homes first hand. In light of his skills as a remodeling contractor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency hired him in 1989 to evaluate earthquake damaged homes after the Loma Prieta Earthquake. This work with FEMA, along with his skills as a contractor, made him uniquely qualified to start this business.
Learning the Engineering
He knew he needed an understanding of retrofit engineering principles so he could use his practical skills to install the best retrofit possible. He discovered this information was literally impossible to find in written form, not to mention the unavailability of formal courses. In light of this he use his experience from graduate school and intensively researched the subject. In the process he developed important first name basis relationships with the best seismic retrofit engineers and specialists in the country. This website is the result of those years of research.
Bay Area Retrofit has received excellent reviews from Angie’s list and YELP in addition to recommendations from some of the finest engineers in the field. Bay Area Retrofit’s emphasis on education and research make them a leader in the field. In the same fashion Howard still conducts research and has made many contributions to the field. In 2006 the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and local KQED invited him to participate in two documentaries.
For Professional Seismic Retrofit Contractors Education is Number One
A Well-Trained Crew
In addition to making sure he keeps up with the research, it is important for Howard to hold classes so our employees understand the engineering behind retrofitting. Seismic retrofits often have unexpected challenges and training in engineering is vital.
Only a unique individual will be intelligent enough to grasp the engineering principles, to say nothing of being OK with crawling under houses all day. In light of this seismic retrofit technicians must be trained well and paid well.
We are innovators
Bay Area Retrofit developed the Flush Cut Method, which is based on the latest science and testing.
Bay Area Retrofit is the only seismic retrofit contractor in the country that uses Mudsill Plates. This hardware increases bolt strength.
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|
|San Francisco||El Sobrante||San Mateo|
|Union City||Hercules||South San Francisco|
PBS interviewed him on National and local TV.
The Association of Bay Area Governments chose him to teach a class in seismic retrofitting.
The City of San Leandro asked Howard to help teach their retrofit workshop. Please come!