I was in need of earthquake retrofitting for my home in Los Angeles. I did extensive research and interviewed several licensed contractors for the needed work. Luckily a very savvy realtor friend of mine referred me to Paul McGrath, a contractor she had had positive experiences with. I called McGrath Contracting and set up an appointment with Paul McGrath. At the agreed on time, Paul and one of his foreman showed up at my property to look over the job. Paul had had extensive experience with this type of work and immediately understood the scope of work needed to comply with my LA City approved plans. I let Paul take the plans and within two days, he emailed me his bid for the needed work. I was pleased both with the price that Paul of McGrath Contracting gave me and the competence and professionalism he displayed.
I have since hired McGRATH CONTRACTING, INC and will update this article with photos and reports on the progress of the very extensive work that needs to be completed.
News and Review from Paul McGrath Constructions Site
At 7:30 in the morning, I met at my construction site with Paul McGrath (Owner), Barry Smith, (Supervisor), Manuel Arriaga, (Foreman) and Gustavo Orozco, (Logistics), the purpose of the meeting was for the contractor, his crew and I to go over the construction plans, meet the tenants and plan the upcoming work.
During our productive meeting several inconsistencies were observed on the approved set of plans that triggered a phone call to my engineer which opened up lines of communications between my contractor and my engineer.
The inconsistencies were easily resolved and plans were made to start the actual work the next day with the work days to be conducted from 8:00am to 4:30PM.
The full crew showed up as promised at 8:00AM and when I arrived at approximately 11:00AM I was very impressed with what I saw.
The crew had started work on the inside of the home as requested.
The wall where the sheer wall was to be replaced had already been removed. And that entire room and the path leading to that room were carefully and professionally covered with plastic and paper to protect the floors as well as all the furniture and my tenant’s possessions were covered with protective plastic.
While I was visiting the site I noted there was continuous sweeping and vacuuming to assure a clean worksite. I have not seen this level of protective action and attention to cleanliness since I was a general contractor many years ago.
Both my tenants and I were thrilled to see such professionalism.
I had a conference with Manuel, (McGrath’s Construction Foreman), who wanted to go over how to best handle the various phone and internet wires prior to his demolishing the wall to which they were attached.
This was an additional example to the advance planning exhibited by McGrath Construction staying a step ahead of any potential problems and communicating with me to avoid problems.
Day Three and Four
I just came back from the construction site and am beyond pleased with what I saw!
Approximately eight focused caring workers all knowing what their tasks were scurrying about, it reminded me of an ant colony.
The supervisors took me through the work that had been done as they were planning the next phases of the job. Barry Smith, (Supervisor), is driving to the City of Commerce today to go over questions he has with my engineer. Manuel Arriaga (Foreman) Gustavo Orozco, (Logistics) and Rafael are staying to make sure the demolition goes smoothly.
The other five or six gentlemen are sweeping, vacuuming and hauling the immense amounts of broken stucco off the property to their awaiting trucks.
For so much work that creates such a tremendous amount of waste and debris the level of cleanliness and organization and lack of negative impact to my tenants is truly amazing. McGrath Contracting Rocks!
The removal of the stucco exposed extensive termite damage. Paul McGrath called in a termite company for a evaluation of the problem. I will let you know the resutls in another review on our termite person.
I had many retrofit contractors come out to bid on this complicated job and all of them, without exception, were fine following the obvious plans the engineer had drawn up which called for extensive demolition to the upstairs bathroom in order to install the shear wall. When Paul McGrath saw how much damage would be caused to the bathroom and the extreme inconvenience that my tenants would need to undergo, he immediately said, let’s do this part on the outside. After checking with the engineer, that brilliant idea was a go! Paul worked everything out with my neighbors to be able to access their property and work from their roof. Not only did it save tremendous disruption to my tenants but saved me money!
Stay tuned for my continued updates on Paul McGrath Constructions Site
McGrath’s Construction Contact Information
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Lic. # 747004
7702 Balboa Blvd., Unit #3Van Nuys, CA 91406
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Office: (800) 600-1633 / (818) 989-7979
Fax: (818) 989-5353