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

“Everyone was a delight to work with. GREAT advice on all issues. 100% commitment to top quality work and materials. Keep doing the same thing! We joke that we miss you guys and wish we had another project.”

Kyle & Suzie Cole, Corvallis

“Both projects were completed on time, at a fair price, with quality results, and good communication throughout. If you are looking for a reputable contractor with a proven track record that you can rely on to finish the job as agreed, G. Christianson Construction Co. in Corvallis is a good choice.”

Cindy Nicholas, Corvallis

“Carl came up with a few different designs to shade the front windows from sun during the summer. The designs were done with software that could show the amount of shading and view from different angles, including from inside the house, at different times of the year. This was very helpful in visualizing the designs and making decisions.”

Brian Lee, Corvallis