Following the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, during which several hospitals were damaged, new hospitals have been subject to strict design and construction standards. Rigorous geohazard assessment and geotechnical characterization are mandated by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and SHN has significant experience achieving these standards.
In 2015, SHN completed a comprehensive fault rupture hazard investigation and geotechnical characterization for the new regional Frank R. Howard hospital facility in Willits. This new hospital (opened in September 2015) is located adjacent to an active fault on a Holocene flood plain subject to high liquefaction potential. Siting a hospital in these challenging geologic conditions required investigation, documentation, and hazard mitigation at the highest standards of our industry.
Hospitals that have recently utilized our services include:
- Trinity Hospital, Weaverville, CA
- Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Fort Bragg, CA
- Napa State Hospital, Napa, CA
- St. Joseph’s Hospital, Eureka, CA
- Redwood Memorial Hospital, Fortuna, CA
- Mad River Hospital, Arcata, CA