Seismic Northwest is a company that strives to do the best possible job to ensure that your house won’t fall
off your foundation and that your cripple walls won’t buckle in the next big earthquake.
Rocky spent over 15 years in California, 5 of those years he spent building multi-story buildings in Los Angeles.
After working in Los Angeles for 5 years Rocky was fortunate to receive an offer to jump in and
help a roofing company get off the ground in Oregon, being from Iowa originally and looking
forward to having seasons again Rocky relished the idea of living in the Northwest.
Moving to the sales side of the roofing company Rocky found his niche in customer relations
and the company’s sales soared, they were doing so well they decided Rocky needed to
relocate up to Seattle and start a Washington branch. After the roofing company was sold
Rocky turned his talents to bathroom and kitchen remodeling for his brother in law, finding great
success at building up companies it was his turn to start one so he called his friend.
After seeing so many devastating earthquakes all over the world, Rocky decided how he could use his talents to keep people safe in Washington.
Seismic Northwest was born.
Rocky knew what it took to give customers a great retrofit from competitive pricing, top
notch customer service and a completely to code finished product. After they are done with the
retrofit you will not know they were even there.
Rocky has put together a talented team of professionals who all believe in their ideals of
customer focused construction. The entire team is well trained though the company focus to always be on top of the ever changing codes and new construction techniques.
Give us a call for a free estimate to see how we can make your house safer.
SNW provides a variety of services for seismic retrofitting, depending on your business’s unique needs. Our services include apartment complexes, businesses, and office buildings. These commercial dwellings can fail earthquakes because of tilt-up construction, unreinforced masonry, or a soft story. In the case of an earthquake strike, your building won’t become part of the parking lot or street, and you’ll remain open for business.
A common construction technique uses tilt-up walls, or tilt-slab, but unreinforced buildings are notorious for poor performance in earthquakes. A tilt-up wall is typically made by pouring low-cost concrete onto a horizontal surface to form the walls while laying down. The walls are then moved into a vertical position, usually be crane. Anchors connect the concrete walls, but if the anchors are not properly installed into the other building structures (e.g. floor, roof), the walls can pull away and fall down. Other points of high failure risks are the holes in the concrete for windows and doors, often large and unreinforced. SNW reinforces these buildings by adding new and better Simpson anchors along with steel reinforcements
If a business or commercial residential building is not made of tilt-up materials, they are often instead built out of unreinforced masonry (URM). A building comprised of URM can be made of hollow clay tiles, brick, concrete blocks, stone, or adobe. These materials are likely to be damaged in earthquakes because the mortar keeping the masonry in place is often not strong enough to resist earthquake forces. To turn any URM building into a safe building, SNW strengthens the building by anchoring the walls to the floor and roof, installing braces, adding interior partitions, and any other measures for your unique business needs.
A soft story is a ground floor that’s weaker than the other floors because of large, unreinforced openings. This may be due to inside parking, large lobbies, or commercial space on the first floor. They are most susceptible to lateral forces, so SNW stiffens the building laterally, as well as strengthens the anchors. We take the lessons from “The Northridge Earthquake” that collapsed many apartment complexes and make sure your first floor does not fail.
Commercial or residential
Seismic Northwest will help you with all your retrofit needs, whether in your home or your commercial property, we have the expertise and years of knowledge to make sure the job gets done correctly the first time.