Holmes Structures has extensive seismic evaluation and strengthening experience on numerous structures in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We recognize that every existing structure has quantifiable inherent strength and value. Above all, the reuse of existing buildings is one of the most sustainable practices in the construction industry.
Seismic strengthening, where required, can be sensitive to the existing building by discovering, analyzing and quantifying the contribution of existing seismic load resisting elements. Our philosophy is to augment rather than replace if additional capacity is required to provide enhanced life safety or property protection. In addition, we are always conscious of the need to consider the building's function and historic or architecturally significant fabric when locating and detailing any structural strengthening.Through this approach we are able to ensure the existing value of the building is maximized and protected for future generations.