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CoreFirst Seismic Upgrades & Earthquake Early Warning Systems:
CoreFirst™ is the exclusive US sales agent for ShakeAlarm® earthquake early warning system.

CoreFirst™ is a patent pending new earthquake (natural disaster) protection system specifically designed to enable existing public and private buildings to provide critical, lifesaving shelter in the case of an unforeseen event—at a fraction of the cost of a conventional seismic upgrade.

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Old, tired ideas often change out of necessity, practicality and/or new information.  As more information comes into pub...
09/21/2017
Some Experts Question The Wisdom Of 'Duck, Cover and Hold'

Old, tired ideas often change out of necessity, practicality and/or new information. As more information comes into public consciousness about what to do during an earthquake, "duck, cover and hold on" has come into question. Please read the following article for more information.

For years, experts have said that if there’s an earthquake we should

CoreFirst sanctuaries, or safe areas, are heavily reinforced safe areas strategically placed in a building.  They have b...
08/31/2017

CoreFirst sanctuaries, or safe areas, are heavily reinforced safe areas strategically placed in a building. They have been designed to withstand earthquakes of at least an 8.0 magnitude. We work with renowned engineers and our customers to create the safest possible plan for implementation in the shortest possible period of time.

CoreFirst installations also have been designed to be the lateral stability feature of a full upgrade. In other words, as funds become available, the full seismic upgrade can be completed.

Some misinformed detractors say that CoreFirst gives a false sense of security. We say that completing a roof diaphragm or some other currently acceptable first phase of a full upgrade is LESS safe.

Upgrades take years, generally speaking. Why wouldn't a building owner or a parent or anyone going into a currently unsafe building want to start with known, secure areas in their building or their child's school building?

We have researched best practices in other parts of the world, such as Japan, which are known to be far more advanced than the U. S. in seismic preparedness. It's time for a different, more practical, affordable AND safer approach to seismic preparedness in the U. S.

If you would like to know more, please contact Ben Kaiser, [email protected] or Paul Conway, [email protected].

Thank you!

Exploratory drilling happening today in preparation for the first CoreFirst installation at the German International Sch...
05/16/2017

Exploratory drilling happening today in preparation for the first CoreFirst installation at the German International School. Moving closer to the solution for a dynamic response to a dynamic event.

Solid article highlighting the need for new thinking on seismic preparedness and civic involvement. Glad the City of Bea...
05/14/2017
Earthquake denial gets a lot harder when you stand on top of the San Andreas fault

Solid article highlighting the need for new thinking on seismic preparedness and civic involvement. Glad the City of Beaverton is leading the way with us.
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I had never stood directly on top of the San Andreas fault. Not to my knowledge, anyway, but as a California native, I’ve probably stumbled over it a time or two.So I jumped at the chance to tour the fault with geophysicist Lucy Jones, the queen of quakes and go-to authority on why the ground keeps…

CoreFirst's cover photo
05/11/2017

CoreFirst's cover photo

First CoreFirst project taking big steps forward.  Thanks to the City of Beaverton for their support!
05/09/2017

First CoreFirst project taking big steps forward. Thanks to the City of Beaverton for their support!

Oregon Business - Unshakable
10/27/2016
Oregon Business - Unshakable

Oregon Business - Unshakable

Ben Kaiser holds his ground. It’s a sweltering summer morning outside the new Radiator Building in North Portland, with temperatures hea...

Unprepared
09/30/2015
Unprepared

Unprepared

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the Northwest coast could hit at any time. How can we prepare for this impending and unpredictable disaster?

CoreFirst
08/03/2015

CoreFirst

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08/03/2015

CoreFirst's cover photo

CoreFirst's cover photo
07/23/2015

CoreFirst's cover photo

3 earthquakes hit off Oregon Coast; no tsunamis follow
06/01/2015
3 earthquakes hit off Oregon Coast; no tsunamis follow

3 earthquakes hit off Oregon Coast; no tsunamis follow

Paul Caruso, with the U.S. Geological Survey, says the quakes hit a fault that's west of the Oregon and Washington coast. They were about 330 miles west of Salem.

05/04/2015
Read the entire study here.

Economic Benefit-Cost Analysis: CoreFirst.

CoreFirst LLC (CoreFirst) of Portland, Oregon. has developed a new system to protect buildings (actually people in buildings) from earthquakes as well as a number of other natural and man‐ made disasters. CoreFirst’s system is patented and is designed to be integrated into a 1‐4 level building to create a safe space for people inside the building.

This economic benefit‐cost analysis prepared by Kleinhenz & Associates for CoreFirst is specific to earthquakes and considers a specific case of a four‐building elementary school system that is faced with the option of retro‐fitting one of the four buildings using the traditional and more costly method or, for the same cost, retrofitting all four buildings using the CoreFirst system. It includes a comparison between the two retrofit options in terms of cost to society, not merely costs to the school system. Three earthquake scenarios are examined: mild, moderate, and severe. All assumptions regarding inputs used in the study are referenced.

Portland Architecture: A neighborhood office: visiting the Radiator Building
04/28/2015
Portland Architecture: A neighborhood office: visiting the Radiator Building

Portland Architecture: A neighborhood office: visiting the Radiator Building

Radiator Building (photos by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Perhaps no other street in Portland has transformed over the past five to ten years like the North Williams-Vancouver Avenue corridor. Head north from Russell Street on Russell in particular and...

CoreFirst™ Introduces Seismic-Upgrade Retrofit System For Schools And Commercial Buildings
04/02/2013
CoreFirst™ Introduces Seismic-Upgrade Retrofit System For Schools And Commercial Buildings

CoreFirst™ Introduces Seismic-Upgrade Retrofit System For Schools And Commercial Buildings

Portland, OR - CoreFirst LLC announces the launch of a new, proprietary seismic-upgrade retrofit system that can be installed in schools and commercial buildings for a fraction of the cost of a full upgrade while providing all the same safety benefits, according to CoreFirst principal Ben Kaiser.

Seismic ‘sanctuaries’: a better safety solution?
02/27/2013
Seismic ‘sanctuaries’: a better safety solution?

Seismic ‘sanctuaries’: a better safety solution?

After years of conducting seismic renovations for warehouses and schools in Portland, architect and developer Ben Kaiser reached a conclusion: There must be a better method. Now, Kaiser and KPFF Consulting Engineers say they've come up with a new way to seismically reinforce buildings.

CoreFirst invites you to connect with us on LinkedIn.
01/09/2013
CoreFirst LLC | LinkedIn

CoreFirst invites you to connect with us on LinkedIn.

Welcome to the company profile of CoreFirst LLC on LinkedIn. CoreFirst™ is a new earthquake and natural disaster protection system designed to enable existing...

The CoreFirst System
12/01/2012

The CoreFirst System

The CoreFirst System

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3530 N. Vancouver Avenue, Suite 330
Portland, OR
97227

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Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

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(503) 234-4758

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Earthquake early warning system; drop-in seismic-retrofit system.

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