We Provide High Quality Retrofits And Promote Education
In this video you will learn how we became the Bay Area’s number one seismic retrofit experts. In addition, you will learn about our many achievement, including 25 years experience, post graduate education, and engineering training. As a result, we believe this will inspire faith and trust in our ability to protect you and your greatest investment.
In this video you will learn about Bay Area Retrofit’s founder Howard Cook’s
mission to improve public safety. He does this through public education and
Bay Area Retrofit’s qualifications include many contributions to the field. This is all because of the efforts of structural engineer Nels Roselund. He spent his half century long career as a Historic Building Preservation Engineer and building code development, specializing in the seismic retrofit of old buildings. Thankfully, over the past twenty five years he has been teaching me everything he knows about residential seismic retrofit engineering free of charge. This comes from his strong belief that engineering should be used for the good of humanity. I will forever be in debt to him.
I believe I know more about seismic retrofit engineering, especially how to apply these principles to actual houses, than any other engineer in the field, except Nels. He also introduced me to the leading seismic engineers at universities and research labs in the country. He is not only the best structural engineer I have ever met, but is also a fine human being who believed, and showed by example, that earthquake engineering should be used to protect the public. Much of the information on this website is my attempt to do just that.
Education is Number One
A Well-Trained Crew
Similarly,he passes his knowledge onto his employees. In this way, he tries to make them seismic retrofit experts as well. Seismic retrofits often have unexpected challenges. These challenges make understanding seismic retrofit engineering a must.
This work requires unique individuals. They must be intelligent enough to grasp the engineering principles. At the same, time they must be OK with crawling under houses all day. It takes time to train such people and we must pay them well. We know we must pay well and treat well to make sure the job is done right.
We are innovators
Bay Area Retrofit developed the Flush Cut Method, and is the only company in the state who uses it. Bay Area Retrofit is the only seismic retrofit contractor in the country that uses Mudsill Plates. This hardware increases bolt strength.
Bay Area Retrofit’s Qualifications and Contributions
Co-author of Standard Plan A used by the California Earthquake Authority, San Leandro’s “Retrofit Workshop” for homeowners and contractors, the City of Berkeley, as well as building departments all over the Bay Area.
Course Instructor: “Principles and Practice of Earthquake Retrofitting” 2014 presented by the Association of Bay Area Governments.
Featured expert “The Hayward Fault. Predictable Peril.” KQED, Channel 9.
Contributing Contractor “California Works to Prepare for the Big One”, PBS News Hour.
Featured Expert in this KGO Documentary.
Subject Expert in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Guest Lecturer “Retrofit Principles and Practice for the Home Inspection Industry.” Sponsored by the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Keynote speaker “The Preservation of Historical Wood-Framed Buildings” Sponsored by The City of Victoria Heritage Foundation in British Columbia.
Mayoral Appointee to the Berkeley Disaster Commission as a seismic retrofit expert.
Guest Lecturer: “Retrofit Principles and Practice for the Canadian Home Inspection Industry,” sponsored by the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors.
Primary source for an article in the San Jose Mercury News on Soft Story Retrofitting.
Residential Damage Inspector, FEMA. 1989-1994.
Publications by Bay Area Retrofit
- Co-Author with Wendy Allen, Engineer for Simpson Strong Tie, “Mudsill Anchorage Systems in Cripple Wall Retrofits”, 2007.
- Co-Author and currently updating Bay Area’s Retrofit Guidelines: “Standard Plan A, Residential Seismic Strengthening Plan”, The International Code Council, 2005.
- “Homeowner’s Guide to Seismic Retrofitting.”
- Many other publications available in the PDF Library at BayAreaRetrofit.com.
Cities and Counties We Serve in the San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Retrofit serves the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, we serve the following cities:
|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|