West Coast Premier Construction Inc. (WCPC) is a San Francisco Bay Area based company located in Oakland, California. We provide engineering, construction and technical services to a variety of building types and occupancy use throughout the Bay Area. WCPC specializes in seismic retrofit design and construction of soft-story apartment buildings as well as seismic retrofit of unreinforced brick masonry, concrete buildings and historic landmark buildings. We also provide full engineering and construction services on building projects requiring new construction, major remodeling, repairs or additions.
West Coast Premier Construction is managed by Homayoun (Homy) Sikaroudi PhD, MSc, PE and Fred Darouian B.Arch, who have over 50 years of joint professional experience in structural engineering, architecture, construction and project management with over two hundred completed soft story seismic retrofit, unreiforced brick masonry/concrete tilt-up retrofit, historic building preservation, major remodeling, additions and new construction projects throughout the Bay Area.
This partnership facilitates complete engineering and construction (design/build) capability within the company with direct communication between the engineering staff and construction personnel, from start of the design process through the construction stages and upon obtain of the project Final from the City or the County involved. The end results are that our projects are completed safely, cost effectively, on time and on budget. Our company carries all insurance coverages including General Liability, Workers Compensation, Automobile liability and Professional Errors and Omissions.
West Coast Premier Construction has established itself as a leading design-build contractor in providing engineering and construction services for seismic retrofit of soft story apratment buildings. WCPC is currently providng soft story seismic retrofit screening, engineering and construction on several multi story apartment and condominium buildings located throughout the Bay Area cities including Alameda, Oakland and Berkeley. These seismic safety improvements are intended to comply with the City’s recently adopted soft story seismic ordinance. Soft, weak or open-front wall buildings, referred to as "Soft story buildings" are seismically vulnerable wood framed multi unit multi story apartments or condominiums which have tuck-under gargare parking provisions and openings at the first level walls.
Soft-story earthquake retrofit engineering and construction for the Driftwood Apartments and the Grand-Central Condominiums in City of Alameda as well as many other buildings was recently completed. Cost effective soft story seismic retrofit engineering and construction remedial measures are implemented by WCPC which significantly improve the earthquake resistance of the buildings without a loss of use of the parking space or the compromise of the building esthetics. Please refer to Projects Completed section of our website for a partial list of recent soft-story seismic retrofit projects completed. Our company provides soft story screening and evaluation, soft story seismic retrofit engineering design or soft story engineering and construction (design/build). We also provide construction for retrofit design provided by other engineering companies.
WCPC recently completed the earthqauke retrofit for First Church of Christ, Scientist located at 1700 Franklin Street, San Francisco. This unreinforced brick masonry historic landmark building, accomodates a Church auditorium with historic organ pipes, as well as a sunday school with over 22,000 square feet in 2½ levels.
Several strengthening remedial measures have been incorporated (Five new shotcrete shear walls, three steel moment resisting frames, new plywood roof diaphragm, bracing of tall brick walls with structural steel members as well as attachment of brick masonry walls to roof and floors). In addition new handicap accessible ramps were installed at the main entry and at the sunday school and new handicap accessible restrooms were constructed at each level. The interior of the building received complete new painting and carpeting. All exterior wood framed windows were completely repaired, restored and repainted.
This project was engineered by Sikaroudi & Associates, Inc. The project construction manager was Architectural Resources Group, Inc. While retrofitting the building to the stringent “General Procedure” requirements of the San Francisco Ordinance for unreinforced brick masonry buildings, the design and construction goal was to preserve the interior and exterior historic features of the building. The church and sunday school services remained operational throughout the construction work. The project was signed-off by City of San Francisco in June 2009.