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Earthquake Tech started out in 1995 as Steve Gemmell Contracting, a sole proprietorship founded on the principles of owner-operated, hands-on construction contracting. It wasn’t until 1999 that we began to do seismic retrofitting as our primary business. Having just purchased a classic turn of the century Portland home, my dad asked me to get earthquake insurance. I contacted my insurance agent to inquire about earthquake insurance for my home. He asked me the magic question, “is your home bolted down?” My insurance agent advised in order to qualify for earthquake insurance my home needed to be bolted to the foundation. I approached an engineer, who we still work with today to get the specifics of what was necessary to have my home bolted to the foundation and he explained how to do it properly. Seeing the need for a seismic retrofit contractor in the Portland area I committed to this work full time and Earthquake Tech was born.
I was my own first client and realized that operating as a dedicated seismic retrofit contractor I would be able to provide Portland area homeowners an invaluable service that was being underserved at that time. Today there are other seismic retrofit contractors out there but our core values of progressive thinking, quality craftsmanship, referrals from our clients and attention to detail are what have kept Earthquake Tech Portland’s most sought-after Seismic Retrofit Contractor.
Since our very beginning the safety of you, our clients, have been our number one company priority. We adhere to the following to make certain you are safe & satisfied with the seismic retrofit work that we perform.
All our crew is certified by Hilti to professionally and accurately install Hilti anchors. These anchors, which include several varieties, are the highest quality products we’ve found to support heavy, dynamic loads, such as seismic and shock loads.