The Apartment Association California Southern Cities Names Optimum Seismic its Preferred Vendor for Earthquake Retrofit Engineering and Construction

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Both Organizations to Collaborate on a Series of Educational Seminars Starting June 22.

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Studies show that retrofits not only guard against building failure, but they add value to the property as well because they are safer.

Optimum Seismic, Inc., Southern California’s leading seismic retrofit company, has been named the Exclusive Affinity/Preferred Vendor of the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC) for earthquake retrofit engineering and construction, officials announced today.

The designation distinguishes Optimum Seismic as a trusted leader in the industry with a team of professionals that has completed more than 1,900 projects throughout California. As AACSC’s preferred vendor, Optimum Seismic will partner with the organization on a series of educational seminars to help provide vital information to apartment owners regarding current and upcoming retrofit laws, applications and programs. Click here for a list of ongoing events and seminars. Upcoming seminars include:

Long Beach
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22
Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805

Redondo Beach
6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11
Veteran’s Park Community Center
309 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

“AACSC strives to provide our members with the most up-to-date tools necessary to efficiently run their properties,” said Executive Director Johanna Cunningham. “We were impressed with the reputation, expertise and professionalism demonstrated by Optimum Seismic and look forward to them providing guidance to our members when it comes to navigating seismic issues that impact them and their properties.”

A growing number of cities in Southern California are enacting ordinances that require earthquake retrofits of wood-framed, soft-story structures – a type of architecture commonly used for apartment buildings, with parking situated on the ground floor and dwelling units built above it. These buildings have structural weaknesses that can lead to collapse during earthquakes.

“It makes good business sense to have these buildings retrofitted, particularly given the potential they have to fail in an earthquake,” said Cunningham. “Studies show that retrofits not only guard against building failure, but they add value to the property as well because they are safer.”

Optimum Seismic President and Founder Ali Vahdani, a State of California Licensed Structural Engineer since 1984, said the upcoming seminars will provide valuable information needed for building owners to make informed decisions about their property.

“It’s important that apartment owners educate themselves about their options regarding structural needs, costs, financing and project management,” Vahdani said. “These seminars will help shed light on the options available to building owners and the best approaches to getting the work done.”

The Apartment Association, California Southern Cities, is a nonprofit trade association created in Long Beach in 1924 to serve as the voice of the rental housing industry by helping to solve housing issues throughout southern Los Angeles County. The organization provides educational and advocacy services on behalf of its members. Visit

Optimum Seismic, Inc., is the L.A. area’s leading retrofit company and AAGLA’s Preferred Supplier for earthquake retrofit engineering and construction. The company has more than 30 years of experience and has completed more than 1,600 retrofits throughout the state of California. For information, visit

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