Do Your Homework if You're in the Vintage Portland Condo Market
Recent tremors underground may indicate that Portland is overdue for some significant seismic activity. The problem is that the city still has many of the most vulnerable types of buildings, unreinforced masonry structures, within its borders.
The clear solution would be to use seismic retrofitting to modify these buildings so that they have a better chance of surviving an earthquake. These modifications could include various techniques or combinations of techniques:
- External steel frames
- Base isolation
- Structural reinforcing walls
Unfortunately, all of these solutions come at a significant cost. Furthermore, the expertise necessary to determine which strategy is best…