California turns its attention to seismic retrofits following massive earthquakes overseas
March 23, 2011
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-quake-buildings-20110317,0,52728... In recent years, some state lawmakers and officials have advocated identifying and retrofitting these structures, but high costs have stalled the initiatives. One solution is to wrap concrete columns with carbon-fiber mesh. But that requires tearing everything out around the columns, making some retrofits almost as expensive as erecting a new building, according to some business groups. California moved to improve the safety of some structures after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, with the focus on freeways and hospitals. The hospital sector has made progress since then, but has a long way to go for full seismic code compliance.