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Re: Lateral decision

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I would recommend that your proposal include a discussion of the need to
retrofit the second floor as well.  By strengthening the first floor only
you change the response characteristics of the building.  Additionally, you
must make sure that there is a complete load path.

If the owner says they do not want to do the second floor, then you have a
choice to make.  Your discussion should make it clear to the owner that
strengthening only half the building is not cost effective in the overall