Hospital board talks seismic planning
The Alameda Health Care District Board is set tonight to discuss moving forward on plans for seismic upgrades needed at Alameda Hospital.
Associate Administrator Kerry Easthope will ask the board to allow the hospital’s administration to approve contracts for the work and to spend another $315,265 on the planning and approval process for the seismic upgrades, bringing the total spending up to $515,265. The hospital has until 2013 to meet an early set of state seismic upgrade standards for hospitals, though if it submits its plans to the state by June 30 it could win an additional two years to do the work.
Meanwhile, the hospital’s administration will seek a legislative exemption from the 2013 seismic upgrade requirements, and they will ask the federal government for $527,065 toward getting the planning work done.
The money will pay for a complete set of plans, submittal to and approval from the state and a cost estimate for the retrofit work that needs to be done. Easthope has said he thinks the work will cost about $10 million.
It doesn’t include a separate, $651,000 proposal to move the hospital’s kitchen from its East Wing, which hospital management hopes to decommission, releasing it from state seismic retrofit requirements. That proposal is forthcoming, Easthope’s staff report says.
The retrofit work that needs to be done includes fortification of the footings and foundation slab of the Stephens building to protect it from soil liquefaction in case of earthquake, metal strapping to support the exterior shear walls of the Stephens and West buildings and demolition of the walkway that connects the East and Stephens buildings. It also includes relocation of the kitchen and other “essential services” from the East building so it no longer falls under the state’s retrofit requirements.
Thornton Tomasetti of Oakland would be the primary contractor for the work.