Costa Mesa : Quake Effects on City Buildings to Be Studied


A structural engineering firm will conduct studies on four city buildings at a cost of $48,500 to determine whether they have been damaged by earthquakes over the years and need to be upgraded.

The City Council on Monday awarded the job to Brandow & Johnston Associates, which is based in the unincorporated area of Santa Ana Heights.

Tony C’DeBaca, assistant development service director for the city, said the firm will conduct seismic studies on the police station, City Hall, the city yard and the downtown community center.


The firm, he said, will tell the city how it can modify the 30-year-old buildings so they can withstand earthquakes to the point where it is safe enough to exit them in the event of a temblor, C’DeBaca said.

“They will do a preliminary review of the structure and recommend the changes so the buildings can meet today’s seismic code requirements,” he said.

The firm will start its work today.