Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Gelfand Partners Architects and Chinatown Community Development Center were selected by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) California judging panel to receive an Honor Award for the Seismic Retrofit and Modernization of 990 Pacific Avenue Apartments.
990 Pacific Avenue was a prime example of the result of 50 years of maintenance underfunding of public housing. The building, home to low-income seniors and people with disabilities, was renovated under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. After years of potential seismic collapse risk, a complete new concrete shear wall seismic system was inserted. All unit finishes, kitchens and bathrooms were updated and mechanical ventilation was added to previously unventilated kitchens and bathrooms. This modernization solved substantial waterproofing issues and prevents further leaking. Energy efficiency is introduced with new double glazed floor to ceiling storefronts, natural ventilation and new hydronic heating.