Carol Cole Cole says thereality is some hospitals will need to abandon buildings thatcannot be re-engineered.

SACRAMENTO—With the deadline for California hospitals to submitattestations 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 CaliforniaSenate Bill 1953, which established five structural and fivenon-structural classifications of hospital building seismic safetylevels, as well as deadlines for some classifications. Thelegislation requires general acute care hospitals with buildingsthat do not substantially comply with seismic standards to attestthat boards of directors are aware that buildings are required tomeet the January 1, 2030 compliance deadline.

The reality of SB 1953 is that many hospitals have already orwill need to abandon certain buildings that cannot be economicallyre-engineered and remodeled to meet the new law, according to CarolCole, interior designer with architecture and planning firm DahlinGroup. In this exclusive, Cole explores theoptions for buildings that ultimately will not be able toaccommodate acute care in California.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of 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.