Fire Escapes

Ensuring safety with Fire Escape Repairs and Load Testing

Delta Delta Delta Sorority gathered to take a composite photo with all 40 ladies on their fire escape in 2010. Bolts pulled out of a rotten wall, and the fire escape lurched downward. Fortunately, no one was hurt. After this, the Corvallis Fire Department enforced load testing and inspection of every fire escape in Corvallis. We also recommend bringing fire escapes up to today's building code. For example, taller handrails might have prevented the 2002 death of a Corvallis fraternity member, when he fell off of the low handrail he was sitting on.

“Since 2011, we've removed, repaired, load tested or replaced most of the fire escapes around OSU. Please call us for advice on your fire escape.”

Carl Christianson, Owner

PROJECT DETAILS

Safety First

The Corvallis Fire Department made a big push to have Owners upgrade, test, and repair their fire escapes. G. Christianson Construction can help you rest assured that your fire escape is safe and sound.

Load Testing Fire Escapes

In a sorority, it is important that all members are safe in case of an emergency. G. Christianson performed load testing to ensure the fire escapes are safe and code approved. After the test, all areas of concern were fixed, such as reinforcing sagging areas by adding posts.

Replacing Fire Escapes

After the installing a new fire escape stair tower, this fraternity can safely evacuate their house with no worries of collapse. Our licensed welders will work with a Structural Engineer and third party inspectors to ensure proper safety and code compliance.

Fire Escape Repairs

We work with a Licensed Structural Engineer to provide engineering for any repairs. Our team includes two certified welders, concrete masons, carpenters and painters to tackle any problem.

Load Testing Fire Escapes

When a full replacement isn't practical or within your budget, we provide load testing services to prove that your fire escape will hold code required weight. Each escape is unique, but we often test with water barrels, winches and load cells. We always take steps to prevent a catastrophic collapse during testing. Load tests are typically required every ten years.

What our Clients are Saying

“G. Christianson construction made us feel heard and cared for throughout our remodeling process. We had an ADU built in our unfinished basement and there were lots of uneven walls and floors and ducting that had to be worked around plus lots of replumbing both inside and out. They did such a nice job with attention to detail at the top of the list. Their subcontractors were top-notch and on schedule. We never felt stressed out. ”

Cindy Paden, Corvallis OR

“We worked with G. Christianson on a pretty major kitchen remodel, and the whole project went wonderfully from start to finish. They helped us develop our vision for the new kitchen into a concrete set of plans, and they worked with us to keep the project within our budget. As construction progressed, they were communicative and responsive. We really appreciated the weekly meetings they held with us, where they updated us on their progress and consulted with us about any changes we needed to make to our original plan due to unforeseen quirks in our mid-century house. In the end, the work is solid and beautiful, and our new kitchen is a joy to cook and bake in. We really appreciated the craftsmanship, attention to detail, and deep knowledge of the whole G. Christianson team. We felt like we were in good hands the entire time we worked with them. Just as importantly, everyone we interacted with during the project was friendly and professional, from Carl, the owner, to Anna, the designer we worked with, to Ben and the G. Christianson crew, to all of the subcontractors they brought in, and everyone else. We wouldn't hesitate to work with G. Christianson again if we ever have more remodeling work to do, and we highly recommend them.”

Arianna Chandler & Rob Hess, Corvallis

“When Old Spaghetti Factory's contractor failed, Bob called us for help. We stepped in and completed their new restaurant, on budget and on time.”

Carl Christianson, Superintendent and Owner

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