GAVE THE FINISHED JOB A GOOD CLEAN LOOK.
Not only did HardyFrames address the soft-story issue, but as Morgan Jones put it, the “Hardy Frame SMF is pre-assembled and welded at the factory then delivered to the jobsite complete and ready to install…. [W]e were able to simply paint the SMFs so they blended right in with the building. It gave the finished job a good clean look.”
Hardy Frame’s SMFs were the ideal solution for Abrego in a soft-story retrofit of their 61-unit apartment
It allows for the design of smaller member sizes that don’t encroach into openings, and because they weigh less, it reduces steel costs.”
“In a seismic event, soft-story buildings are prone to collapse,” said John Warkentin, a principle with KAMAP Property Management. A recent Los Angeles city ordinance required soft-story retrofits on thousands of buildings. Hardy Frame special moment frames (SMFs) protect the structure from a cataclysmic collapse in a seismic event.
For the soft-story Abrego Apartment complex, with its multiple stories above ground-level parking, narrow vertical supports – and the need to keep a garage with parking spaces – the retrofit solution had to be just right.