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Re: California SE question: Essential facilities

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If during construction OSHPD finds that either your design or the installed work does not comply with the regulations they can and do require that the final work comply with the regulations.  This is true in any jurisdiction it is just that OSHPD is more active in monitoring the work during construction and is not shy about enforcing the regulations.  They cannot change the rules after you submit for a permit.

OSHPD performs an extensive plan review of the project prior to issuing of a permit.

It is obvious that you and your client are not familiar with the design and construction of hospitals in California.  You are in for a rude awakening that could be very expensive.  This is especially true on large hospitals.  Suggest that you partner with a California based firm that has extensive California hospital experience.  As a minimum the structural work must be signed by a California SE.

Be aware that California SEs live and sleep seismic design.  Interpretations of the code or practices that may be acceptable in the east and mid-west may not be accepted.  

Mark Gilligan SE

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