Working With OSHPD

OSHPD Experienced Architects

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is our Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in the State of California. GM+A has over 30 years of experience working with OSHPD for various projects including new ground up skilled nursing facilities, ground up acute psych hospitals, and thousands of remodels throughout the state.

Design Integrated With OSHPD

We treat OSHPD as a stakeholder in the Team, working with their plan checkers in design and their field staff during construction

We work with OSHPD to comply with the changing codes and regulations as a team, and work towards successful, efficient design solutions that meet the intent of the codes; cost effective for the builder; and functional for the end user.

Experienced Partners

We are pro-active about sharing our knowledge and pushing the envelope with OSHPD. We understand working in the “gray area” and are able to navigate thru the challenges for a successful end result for our clients.

More Information About OSHPD

Since 1973’s Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act (HSSA), OSHPD has been ensuring that hospitals are safe for the public and remain functional and able to provide care of the community in the event of a major disaster such as an earthquake. OSHPD ensures that medical facilities and healthcare infrastructure conform to high construction standards and are reasonably capable of providing services to the public after a major disaster.

Pursuant to the Hospital Seismic Safety Act, OSHPD′s responsibilities are carried out by its Facilities Development Division (FDD). FDD is responsible for overseeing all aspects of general acute care hospital, psychiatric hospital, skilled nursing home and intermediate care facility construction in California.

Origins of OSHPD

The Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act (HSSA) that established OSHPD was a response to a major earthquake disaster that destroyed several hospitals in the San Fernando Valley in the 1971 Sylmar Earthquake.

The greatest damage occurred at the Veterans Administration Hospital, where twenty-six buildings that were built prior to 1933 had been constructed following the local building codes and did not require seismic-resistant designs. These buildings suffered the most damage, with four buildings totally collapsing, which resulted in a large loss of life at the facility.

OSHPD was established in following legislation to ensure the safety of medical and healthcare facilities during major disasters and preventing loss of life.

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