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 a load test 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.

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.

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.

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.

What our Clients are Saying

“We are delighted with our new home and so glad to finally be in it after years of planning and preparing. Thank you for your thorough and conscientious work. We appreciate your skills, dedicated hard work, and trustworthiness, and we enjoyed working with you on the project.”

John and Elizabeth Elder, 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

“Larry's cedar deck had reached the end of it's life, the handrails were literally falling off. We rejuvenated it with new Trex and were able to reuse the tall telephone poles that support it. ”

Carl Christianson, Superintendent and Owner

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