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Bay Area Hospital Boom

April 16, 2012

Recently in our area, there has been a new surge in hospital construction, expansion, and retrofitting.  In San Francisco proper, there are five major hospital projects under way or in the planning stages. This total does not even count the numerous projects outside the city itself.  It is important to point out that a good deal of this construction is not just a response to the urgent need for more hospital beds in the Bay Area.  It turns out that due to state mandated seismic safety regulations, most of California’s health care facilities have until 2015 or 2020 to retrofit their buildings in order to meet the new stricter safety standards. With this in mind, here are a few examples of the time-sensitive push to upgrade Northern California’s aging hospital infrastructure.

  • San Francisco General Hospital

San Francisco General has been active in our area since 1854, and it now serves 1,500 patients a day. The new 453,000 square foot, 284-bed building is going up in the heart of San Francisco’s Potero Hill neighborhood and meets all seismic requirements

  • UCSF Hospital Mission Bay

This University of California cancer-centric hospital will feature 289 beds and will cost $1.6 billion when completed in 2014. In the future, the university hopes to add offices for medical school faculty and more beds.

  • Fontana Medical Center

This new 314-bed, 557,000 square foot medical center, which will offer medial specialty services like cardiac surgery and a neonatal intensive care unit, is 95% complete and is expected to open sometime in 2013.

  • Oakland Medical Center

This state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly facility is being built to completely replace the existing hospital.  The project includes a 12 floor, 349-bed hospital, a 4-floor specialty medical office building, and a 1,219 stall parking garage. It is scheduled for completion in 2014.

  • Children’s Hospital & Research Oakland

After a few stops and starts, officials are in the planning stages of $425 million combination rebuild and retrofit.

At Maxx Metals, we are proud to be right in middle of this construction push, providing many of these projects with a wide variety of our high-quality steel products. For us it’s a win-win proposition. Not only has business been great even during some very tough times, but also we are thrilled that the health care facilities that serve our families and our community are being prepared for any future difficulties.

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