Education event

New Seismic Compliance Requirements for Hospitals Web Seminar
SB 499 Report Form Preparation, Special Seismic Certification Preapproval Program


On June 17, CHA held a web seminar to explain new seismic requirements for hospitals implemented by OSHPD: the new SB 499 report form and the Special Seismic Certification Preapproval Program. The web seminar also included an update of the Facilities Development Division.

The program was re-taped and has been separated into three files. Those files are posted below for your viewing:

  1. OSHPD Facilities Development Division Update
  2. SB 499 Report Form Preparation
  3. Special Seismic Certification Preapproval Program


Paul A. Coleman, Architect, is the deputy director for the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Facilities Development Division (FDD). As deputy director, Mr. Coleman is the chief building official for California’s hospitals—more than 4,000 buildings located at 1,709 healthcare facilities under FDD jurisdiction statewide. Prior to assuming the role of deputy director in 2009, Mr. Coleman served as OSHPD’s southern California deputy division chief in the FDD. There he was responsible for planning and directing work of the program staff, and assisted in the formulation and implementation of policies related to enforcement of the Seismic Safety Act. Mr. Coleman is a licensed architect and general contractor in the state of California.

Brett Beekman, SE is a district structural engineer for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). Mr. Beekman has 25 years of experience in structural engineering and design. Currently, he is involved in the generation of the online report that OSHPD has made available to hospital facilities to meet the reporting requirements of SB 499. Further duties include interaction with hospital facilities regarding the reporting requirements of SB 499, management of all Structural Contract Out contracts, development of secondary structural typical details for use on hospital projects and structural review of documents submitted for plan check.

Chris Tokas MS, SE, is a supervising structural engineer for OSHPD. Mr. Tokas has 25 years of experience in structural engineering and design, with special emphasis in the areas of seismic evaluation, analysis, and retrofit. He has designed and managed seismic upgrade projects for a wide variety of public, private, and institutional clients and on structures ranging from unreinforced masonry buildings to highway bridges and reinforced concrete high-rise structures. Mr. Tokas has been involved in all phases of seismic risk reduction programs, including development of criteria, evaluation of existing structural capacity, schematic design, and preparation of construction documents.

Other Seismic Relief Resources

Recording of Seismic Relief through SB 499 Web Seminar
A CD recording of the Feb. 3 web seminar on seismic relief is also available for purchase. To find out more, click here.

FAQs on SB 499
Click here to download the top 50 questions and answers regarding SB 499, HAZUS 2010 and NPC 2010 Regulations. This document includes questions received during the Feb. 3 web seminar and answered by OSHPD Facilities Development Division.