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    Avalin Seismic Construction Co Inc
    We purchased a 1913 Craftsman bungalow built on a concrete perimeter foundation with cripple walls that raise the house above grade.  These short walls are vulnerable to twisting and collapse (shear) in a strong earthquake.  The taller they are, the more they can deform because there is very little shear protection other than the exterior sheathing.  If the exterior is horizontal siding or large paneling, there is some strength, but shingle, or worse yet, shake siding is virtually worthless. (The main living floors of even older dwellings have lath or button board and plaster on the inside, which provides decent shear protection.)  Our house had tall (2 1/2 ft) cripple walls and cedar shake siding - not very solid for a big quake.  There was no question that we needed to have a seismic retrofit.

    We had two nearby seismic retrofit companies that had good Angie's list ratings come to look at the job.  Fred Cohen from Avalin came, on time, and personally looked at the foundation.  Both providers verbally proposed the same service, but one gave us an on-the-spot ballpark estimate and responded the next day with a written proposal and some supporting materials.  The amount was not cheap, but didn't seem overly expensive.  We didn't hear from Avalin right away.  As we were so busy with other house projects, we didn't follow up with Avalin, expecting that if they wanted the job, they would be in touch.  Finally, we made a decision to accept the first bid, as we had to move forward.  We signed a contract with the company and sent off a deposit.

    Just then we received a complete bid from Avalin via email.  Not only was it very well put together, but it was over $2000 less than the other bid!  We decided that even if we lost our deposit to the other company, it would be cheaper to hire Avalin.  We called the other provider and told them of the large difference in pricing.  They made a good faith effort and reduced their bid by $800, but that still didn't close the gap.  Fortunately, we were able to cancel the first contract and the company immediately sent our deposit back (maintaining their Angie's list "A" rating!).

    Fred sent two installers, Mickey and Jose, who spent the next four days under our house installing the bolts and the shear wall panels.  They were both very pleasant and diligent, worked long days and cleaned up their tools and materials daily.  They even brought out a bunch of debris from the crawl space and repaired some outside vents.  Fred came back and inspected the job and agreed that there was one place that had been "missed" (the house foundation was a little confusing at that location) and he sent Mickey and Jose back to make it right.

    We're still waiting for the final city inspection, but from all appearances we made the right decision, both economically and functionally, to choose Avalin Seismic Construction.  We gave "Responsiveness" a "B" grade, as it would have been much easier from the beginning if we'd had a ballpark estimate (even conservatively high) to work with.  Fred almost lost the job because we were under the gun to get the job done before moving in and we hadn't heard from him.  Once started, however, everything went very smoothly and we highly recommend the company.

    - Donald V.
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    Associated Construction
    Currently in the middle of a large project. Several others went very well, as evidenced by the fact that we are using them again.
    - Robert S.
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