July 21, 2015 Meissner

Case Study – Successfully Navigating a Seismic Retrofit

Property Name: National Distribution Center

Property Location: 1022 W. Bay Marina Dr. National City, CA 91950

Property Description: Industrial, totaling 335,000 square feet

Meissner Jacquét Commercial Real Estate Services, headquartered in San Diego, CA, provides commercial real estate construction management services to all property types, including office, retail, industrial, and commercial property owner associations, throughout Southern California.

Recently one of Meissner Jacquét’s Senior Commercial Property Managers worked with the ownership and a large tenant at National Distribution Center in completing a complex seismic retrofit of 250,000 square feet and a 33,000 square foot tenant improvement project.  Seismic retrofitting is the modification of existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure due to earthquakes. 

Client Requirements

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), a major tenant at National Distribution Center, was planning a large tenant improvement, including structural improvements, in their 33,000 square foot space and discovered during the permitting stage that per lease terms they were required to ensure that the space was seismically retrofitted according to the City and State specifications prior to initiating the tenant improvement. 


Meissner Jacquét provided construction management oversight by successfully navigating the almost year-long, complex seismic retrofit / tenant improvement / structural improvement projects.  In addition to coordinating and providing valuable direction to the project’s key players, including the designer – HTK Structural Engineers, structural & seismic engineer – A. B. Court & Associates, contractor – Harvey, Inc., ownership – Port of San Diego, tenant – GSA, and city – National City, Meissner Jacquét succeeded in reducing the total project cost of the seismic retrofit by enacting value-engineering methodology into the retrofit strategies and techniques.  Thereby increasing the function and reducing the cost while ensuring retrofit performance objectives were met, such as increasing strength, increasing deformability, and reducing deformation demands.  As well as reducing ownership’s cost, the completion of the seismic retrofit and the subsequent tenant improvement / structural improvements, enabled ownership to lease additional space with a long-term tenant, and benefitted the other tenants by affording them with a seismically retrofitted building, at essentially no cost and little interruption.     


By examining the project as a whole and enacting value engineering, Meissner Jacquét completed the seismic retrofit project at half of the original proposed cost, completed the tenant improvement / structural improvement project and thereby leased additional space to a long-term tenant, all while staying within the proposed timeline.


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