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Emergency repairs to Corvallis Sorority

Carl Christianson

During the last snowstorm the awning canopy at one of the Corvallis Sororities collapsed under the weight of the snow. Fortunately, it was late at night and no one was hurt. We arrived that evening after the Fire Department and stabilized the roof to prevent it from overturning and hurting someone, then we installed temporary tarps to keep water out of the Sorority walls. The next day we disassembled the roof and weatherproofed the house where the lagbolts had pulled out of the wall. We provided a fixed price bid for re-building the canopy and once it was approved we applied for permits. The City’s plan review department found a code provision that required a rebuilt canopy to need expensive fire sprinklers. We worked with the Sorority to find a less expensive alternative, rebuild the structure out of non-combustible material (steel).

We have installed new foundations and welded a new structure out of steel. By reusing the triangular pieces we were able to reduce costs, we have repaired the handrails and deck that were crushed during the collapse. The last steps are to install a new metal roof and gutters. G. Christianson Construction is able to help our clients by navigating Corvallis’ requirements and creating a lasting product they will be proud of. Please give us a call if you need help with your project 541-754-6326.