Successful Soft-Story Retrofit Project in Venice
A Very Satisfied Client’s Story

We’re about to walk you through a recent soft-story retrofit project in Venice, highlighting the initial challenges, the efficient solutions we provided, and the happy outcome. If you’re wondering what a soft retrofit is and how it turned out, we’ve got the answers for you.

The Soft Retrofit Challenge: We had the opportunity to work on a soft-story retrofit in Venice. A soft story is essentially a building with a tuck-under parking structure that requires seismic retrofitting. The building lacked the necessary stiffness, particularly in the east and west directions.

The Solution: Our journey began with meticulous planning and engineering. We dug new footings, set up temporary shoring, and removed the existing footings. The key to success was installing a new structural steel column, reinforced with rebar. Inspections followed, ensuring everything was up to code. We then closed up all the openings in the ceilings.

Meeting LA’s Strict Requirements: Los Angeles has stringent requirements for soft story retrofitting, and we were determined to meet them. Our team worked diligently to ensure the building complied with all the necessary regulations, sparing the owner from potential fines.

A Satisfied Client: The big question is, was our client happy with the results? Absolutely. They were pleased with how efficiently the project was executed, and it didn’t drag on endlessly. The quick completion earned us their gratitude.

Going Above and Beyond: Our client also appreciated the cost savings we delivered. By collaborating with an engineer and streamlining the project’s scope, we saved them approximately $10,000 to $15,000. This unexpected financial benefit left them delighted.

Our Commitment: At Muller Brothers Construction, we take pride in going above and beyond our clients’ expectations. We not only meet the required standards but also find innovative ways to save time and money while ensuring a hassle-free experience for tenants.

So, if you’re considering a soft retrofit project in Los Angeles or have any construction needs, don’t hesitate to contact us at (323) 630-3180or visit our website at

Let’s make your next project a success!