Seismic Retrofits

Restoration Hardware

The upscale home furnishing retailer Restoration Hardware will be the first tenant at Pier 70. The Nibbi Brothers General Contractors were commissioned to renovate this historically significant building. In addition to the existing building renovation, a 2-story Café building (hybrid structure with conventional moment frame steel framing) with an interior courtyard area will be connected […]

400/430 California

Originally built in 1908 and modified in 1967, Olson Steel was involved in the seismic retrofit of 400/430 California Street – a historic bank located in the heart of the Central Business District in downtown San Francisco, by providing the lattice work of new steel, as well as structural steel on the basement, Level 3, […]

Genentech B9 Seismic Upgrades

Genentech Inc is in the process of implementing a substantial seismic upgrade program to all of it’s facilities with the objective of protecting it’s employees and reducing business interruptions in the event of nature disaster. After completing its Vacaville campus, Genentech partnered up with its long time partners, DPR Construction and Olson Steel to continue […]

680 Folsom

Total renovation of an existing steel frame 12-story vacant office building with basement parking level and mechanical penthouse level. The total building area is approximately 550,000 square feet with floor infills at the first and second levels and the addition of two building floors. The project includes a voluntary seismic upgrade; new base building cores […]

Asian Arts Museum

A complete seismic retrofit including a base isolation system and structural steel. Olson also provided miscellaneous metals, stair ramps and castings. In 2003, the Asian Art Museum began a new era with its move to San Francisco’s Civic Center. The voters of San Francisco approved a bond measure providing partial funding for renovation and seismic […]

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, a joint venture with WRNS Studio of San Francisco, the new building housing the Contemporary Jewish Museum is a 64,000 square foot steel structure on concrete that incorporates the beaux-arts façade of the historic Jessie Street substation designed by Willis Polk in 1905. The Museum’s interior spaces include a […]


A major seismic retrofit and renovation of the headquarters building for the East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) in Oakland.

Ghirardelli Square

This project is a complete retrofit project to the historic Ghirardelli Square building located at the San Francisco Wharf. Olson Steel handled the seismic upgrade and reinforcement to convert the building into Condos overlooking the Bay. The challenge of the project is to incorporate the retrofit of the new steel to the existing 100 year […]

Hastings Law School

A major retrofit and renovation of Mary Kay Kane Hall for the University of California. Olson installed 72 unbounded braces from Japan along with total structural retrofit of existing steel. We reworked the entire existing stair rail on three stairs and brought it up to code. The new stair in the Law Library was a […]

Oakland City Hall

A major seismic retrofit and renovation of Oakland City Hall that was built in 1911 and is recognized as a national historical landmark. Our seismic upgrade included a massive structural steel and concrete shear wall bracing system throughout the building’s 260 lineal feet and seismic base isolators in the foundation. Important historical features of the […]

San Francisco City Hall

A major seismic retrofit and modernization of San Francisco’s national landmark Beaux Arts City Hall. The $300 million project was designed to preserve the historic nature of the 83-year-old building, while preventing damage of the type it suffered in the Loma Prieta earthquake on Oct 17, 1989. To isolate it from the shock of the […]

State Bar Association

The seismic upgrade project at the State Bar building in San Francisco was a challenging job that mostly installed at night. The work paid off. The American Association of Structural Engineers notified General Contractor Turner Construction that the project has won the “2007 Best Seismic Upgrade Award”. Olson’s scope was installing the custom WT frames […]