Ventura County Medical Center Upgrades Seismic Safety Standards: Part 2

By Jack Reddehase, DBIA, CHC, LEED AP
Last week, HealthCare Construction + Operations News published Part 1 of this two-part article. While covering the need for seismic safety in hospitals during Part 1, the design and construction team made the necessary updates possible at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) in Ventura, Calif. The $300 million hospital is slated for completion in 2017.

Ventura County Medical Center Upgrades Seismic Safety Standards: Part 1

By Jack Reddehase, DBIA, CHC, LEED AP
Following the 1994 Northridge, Calif., earthquake that measured 6.7 on the Moment Magnitude scale, which produced the highest ground acceleration ever instrumentally recorded in North America, the California legislature passed Amendment SB 1953 to the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Safety Act of 1973, which required all acute-care hospitals at risk of collapse be retrofit to withstand an earthquake. Additionally, the SB 1953 amendment required that by 2013 all hospitals that were considered hazardous and at risk of collapse or significant loss of life in the event of an earthquake must be replaced or retrofit to a higher seismic safety standard. The law also mandates that by 2030 all hospitals in California must be capable of remaining open and fully operational following a major quake.

Houston Health Care Development Booms

Health care in Houston is in the midst of an expensive makeover. With a population simultaneously growing and aging, the city has put roughly $5 billion into medical construction and development this year, according to a recent report. Alongside new medical offices and hospitals being built, Houston’s big health care institutions are updating and expanding into the suburbs.

Highland Hospital Creates Energy-Efficient Acute Tower

The second phase of a three-phase, $668 million design and construction project is currently underway at Highland Hospital in Oakland. The Acute Tower Replacement project is crucial for Alameda County to be able to provide quality health care services to the community. The state-of-the-art Acute Tower Replacement is anticipated for completion in 2017, according to Highland Hospital.

Huggins Hospital Finds Solution to Improving Facilities Management

By Rob Scheffer
Since its inception in 1907, Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro has been upgraded and expanded several times, but it wasn’t until improving its infrastructure and regulatory and compliance standards that the hospital began to make operations more efficient and cost-effective.