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Hospitals Scramble To Meet 2015 Retrofit Mandates

Despite the recession, California has entered a Golden Age of hospital building. But, it’s being driven by a state mandate. One in five hospital buildings in the state is at risk for collapse in an earthquake. Those buildings must retrofitted or replaced by 2015 at the latest, or they’ll face possible closure, according to the state. The state has 474 private and public hospitals. Combined, there are about 2,700 buildings and 665 are at risk for collapse in a major earthquake, according to the state’s hospital development director David Carlisle.