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Carol Cole Cole says the reality is some hospitals will need to abandon buildings that cannot be re-engineered.

SACRAMENTO—With the deadline for California hospitals to submit attestations of 2030 seismic safety coming up on January 1, 2020, hospitals will need to perform certain seismic upgrades to comply. The deadline comes as part of the requirements under California Senate Bill 1953, which established five structural and five non-structural classifications of hospital building seismic safety levels, as well as deadlines for some classifications. The legislation requires general acute care hospitals with buildings that do not substantially comply with seismic standards to attest that boards of directors are aware that buildings are required to meet the January 1, 2030 compliance deadline.

The reality of SB 1953 is that many hospitals have already or will need to abandon certain buildings that cannot be economically re-engineered and remodeled to meet the new law, according to Carol Cole, interior designer with architecture and planning firm Dahlin Group. In this exclusive, Cole explores the options for buildings that ultimately will not be able to accommodate acute care in California.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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