Business Journal: State May Delay Quake Rules For Hospitals
Many of California’s financially strapped hospitals could get a break. There’s a new proposal to delay the deadline for meeting state earthquake standards.
Friday, November 2, 2007
California regulators are expected to give the state’s hospitals a reprieve from strict seismic-safety requirements by forcing only old buildings in earthquake-prone areas to make changes or be replaced. Under the proposal, a new test would determine the likelihood of a hospital building to collapse in a major earthquake. Hospital buildings that pass the test could continue operating until 2030 if they complete minor fixes required by the state. The reprieve would save hospitals about $4.6 billion over the next two decades. All 34 Sacramento-area hospital buildings are expected to qualify for the extension. Currently, the deadline for fixing the buildings to meet earthquake standards is 2020, after the governor signed an extension two weeks ago.