Soft Story Projects

San Francisco, CA

A “Soft Story” renovation to a six unit apartment building in the Sutro Heights district of San Francisco.

The construction work included demolishing and removing existing plaster walls, adding new plywood shear walls along with their associated hold-downs and anchor bolts, plus new shear transfer clips and straps, and then replacing the walls with new, painted gypsum board to maintain the fire rating of the garages.

Despite a number of unexpected conditions –the kinds of things that happen when remodeling an old building – all of the work was completed on time, within a tight budget, and with a minimum of disruption to the existing tenants. Even the basement laundry room was up and running throughout the entire construction process.

San Francisco, CA

A building on Jackson Street in the Nob Hill district of San Francisco, was built right after the Great Quake, long before most of the lessons from that catastrophe hed been learned. It needed a lot of work to bring it up to the new “Soft Story” standards.

Agape Construction reinforced the existing walls, and added a new foundation, bolts, hold-downs, and a shearwall in the basement to strengthen the building and give it a new, long life.

All of the work was done without disturbing the existing tenants.


San Francisco, CA

A building on Jackson Street, in the Nob Hill district of San Francisco, was built right after the Great Quake, long before most of the lessons from that catastrophe hed been learned. It needed a lot of work to bring it up to the new “Soft Story” standards.

Agape Construction installed three custom-fabricated steel moment frames, along with new grade beam foundations, and added anchor bolts and new plywood shearwalls to strengthen the building and give it a long life.

All of the work was done without any of the existing tenants having to move out – although they did need to park somewhere else for a few weeks.

San Francisco, CA

A “Soft Story” Project on a quiet street in San Francisco needed three custom-fabricated Simpson® Steel Moment Frames, along with new grade beam foundations, added to an existing 3-story apartment building.