Our Experience and Engineering Background
This is what 25 years of experience and training look like.
Bay Area Retrofit interviewed on PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
Who is Howard Cook?
Our Contributions to The Field
Historic building preservation structural engineer and retrofit code developer Nels Roselund trained me without charge and asked me to pass his knowledge on to others. This is the main reason I created this website. Nels is a world-class structural engineer who retrofitted the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles as well as other priceless structures.
Vice Chair of a seismic retrofit building code committee.
Co-author of Standard Plan A used by the California Earthquake Authority 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.
Contributing Contractor “California Works to Prepare for the Big One”, PBS News Hour. This is a compilation of both the “The Hayward Fault. Predictable Peril” and the NewsHour documentarys.
Featured Expert in the “S.F. Homeowners Need To Be Ready” in the S.F. Chronicle
Source for this article in the New York Times
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 The Mercury News on Soft Story Retrofitting.
Featured contractor in “The Danger Beneath” in the East Bay Express
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 are available in the PDF Library at BayAreaRetrofit.com.
A Well-Trained Crew
This work requires unique individuals. They must be intelligent enough to grasp the engineering principles and at the same be OK with crawling under houses all day.
The quality of the job is only as good as the people who do it. I might know a lot, but if that knowledge does not show up under your house, it does not do much good.
We developed the Flush Cut Method, and Bay Area Retrofit is the only company in the state who uses it. We are also the only seismic retrofit contractor in the country that uses the Mudsill Plates. Just ask one of our competitors if they use Mudsill Plates.
Cities and Counties We Serve in the San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Retrofit serves the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, including:
|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|