Response to COVID-19

Helping our community during COVID-19

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

I took a few moments recently to shoot a very important video just to reach out to not only past customers and present, but future customers as well to discuss how we all can help alleviate suffering during this crisis.

You can view this short video on Youtube but since this is such an important communication, I also wanted to share the message with you here.

In the last few weeks with the COVID-19 pandemic that we’re all right in the midst of, we’ve been giving a lot of thought here at The Foundation works about how we could do something to create an effect that would help in the greater picture. We’re very fortunate that we’re one of the essential businesses that have been allowed to still be working and we’re very much open and ready for business. But it felt a little shallow and incomplete to leave it at that and so we’ve been looking for a way to create an effect and reach out into the community and do some good to help get this thing wrapped up for all of us.

What we decided on is that between now and April 30th, so minimally for one month, but we may extend that depending on the course of this pandemic. But for now, we will be taking all of our inspection fees performed during that time and donating 100% of that to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels here in Los Angeles.

For anybody who doesn’t know what that is, Meals On Wheels is essentially a group that provides hot meals daily to primarily the elderly and people that are unable to take care of themselves and feed themselves. At a time like this, they are stretched so thin, beyond normal, and what they’re pulling off is just amazing.

We as a company, and I personally, didn’t quite feel like we had a conduit to get out and do something at this scale so we’ve decided to do this instead so that we could have a real impact in the community like some of the larger corporations. We also thought it would be great to retool our efforts and our personnel, and take our funds and put them to use by helping take care of the most susceptible right now. And we’re doing that through Meals On Wheels.

If you would like to have an inspection performed, know that your money will be immediately turned over and translated directly into getting meals into the hands of people that cannot get out and do it for themselves.

So yes, we are open for business. We’re all in this together right now and our focus is on staying safe and yet doing what we can to make sure that everyone else stays safe as well.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us. We can be reached during normal business hours.

Even though I’m remote and everyone in our office with very few exceptions is working remotely, our same business hours apply and we are always here to serve.

We are very glad and excited to be able to contribute to an organization that has been doing this for decades and to help them make an even bigger impact in this time of need.

Thank you again for taking a few moments to hear my thoughts.

The Foundation Works

Tom Pelletier

Founder, The Foundation Works

A message to our community from founder, Tom Pelletier

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Yes, The Foundation Works is open for business !

I know many of us are feeling understandable concern about COVID-19 and its impact on our lives and businesses. Here at The Foundation Works, we are still very much present, ready, and able to strategically provide our services despite the COVID-19 factor.

As our specialty is and always has been earthquake preparedness as our primary service offering, we feel blessed to be on the list of businesses that are approved at both state and federal levels to continue offering our services. The Foundation Works, in concert with the California Earthquake Authority, The Earthquake Brace and Bolt Program, and the Federal Emergency Management Authority, has taken all reasonable precautions to enable our operation to continue during these uncertain times.

While we are aware that many businesses have been ordered to close up shop, we feel very fortunate and grateful that we are not on that list. As our nearly 100 full-time positions here at TFW are still allowed to be performed, we are very much ready and able to perform your project (as of this writing).  It of course remains possible that further sanctions may be imposed and of course we will comply with any such changes, but we are ready and able to serve in the meantime and are of course desirous of keeping paychecks coming to the team that IS the company, the guys and girls who are our stars and deliver our services!

Our objective is to find the balance of keeping our staff and clients safe, while yet still carrying any commerce forward just as we would have done “pre-COVID-19”.

  • With the exception of a few people, our office staff is now working remote but is very much on-the-job.
  • Our crews work primarily UNDER the buildings, and they know to CALL clients to discuss job details by phone, even when they are literally under your house or in your driveway, to maintain social distancing principles.
  • For our soft-story jobs, our insurance regulations dictate that no public would be anywhere near the work site, so on those projects, “social distancing” has always been prudent, though the term itself had not existed.

The team at The Foundation Works has been serving the foundation needs of our customers for over 20 years, through good times and bad.  With that said, we are open for business and are of course taking precautions to protect you and our associates as we continue to work to meet your foundation needs. If you need to visit our corporate offices in Burbank, we are happy to assist you but we would also request that you please follow all CDC and other federal, state and local health authority guidelines, and in particular respect social distancing parameters and avoid such visits if you are feeling ill or symptomatic.

Our team is committed to helping you through this evolving situation by focusing on the thing that we do best, foundations.  We know that such is NOT going to be the highest priority for the majority of people, but we also know that some people may want their buildings secured / serviced at this time, prior to any regulations that may come that would take doing so off the table as an option. For more information on inspections or job scheduling, please contact our customer service line at (323) 663-4841 M-F, 9-6 pm or find us online at

Finally, and of highest priority, please be safe, lend a hand to others less fortunate, and let’s all use this surreal moment in time to bring out our compassion, our care for our fellow man, and to do our best to express integrity and decency on a higher than ever plane!

Always at your service-

The Foundation Works

Tom Pelletier

Founder, The Foundation Works