Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
The vast majority of healthcare construction projects in the state of California work with OSHPD—Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development—to meet California’s Hospital Seismic Safety Law. While meeting the state’s Hospital Seismic Safety Law is important and even critical, working with OSHPD’s stringent regulations does imply additional concerns to be addressed by the project team. One concern regards the approval of bigger medical equipment and its impact on the overall construction schedule. This paper examines the factors that contribute to delays in the construction schedule, responsible parties for the delay, and responsibilities of each involved party. Based on an analysis of information provided by the Layton Construction project team at the Good Samaritan Hospital ED (Emergency Department) Renovation project and industry professionals, maintaining good relationships with the IOR (Inspector of Records), Architect of Record, and the client/owner is the key to success. In doing so, it creates a positive working environment to solve problems, communicate efficiently, and ultimately help facilitate the approval process for any equipment meeting the requirements. This paper provides recommendations for dealing with schedule impacts due to the medical equipment approval processes through OSHPD for future project teams involved on OSHPD healthcare construction projects.