Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is the Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project?

A : The Highland Hospital ATR project is a construction project to rebuild parts of Highland Hospital in order to comply with State seismic safety laws. The project includes three phases, the new Highland Care Pavilion, the new Acute Tower and Central Utility Plant, and demolition of the existing acute care tower and construction of sitework. For more information, please see Project Information.

Q: Why is this project necessary?

A The Highland Hospital ATR project is necessary for compliance with the Alfred E. Alquist
Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983, and the deadlines specified in Senate Bill 1953 and Senate Bill 306.

Q: What is Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983?

A The Alquist Act establishes a seismic safety building standards program for hospitals built on or after March 7, 1973. It was enacted in response to the Sylmar earthquake of 1971, where four hospital campuses were severely damaged and forced to be evacuated. The Alquist Act emphasizes that essential facilities, such as hospitals, should remain operational after an earthquake.

Q: What are Senate Bill 1953 and Senate Bill 306?

A The Senate Bills 1953 and 306 establish performance measures and timelines for complying with the Alquist Act. Under Senate Bill 306, Highland Hospital’s acute care tower will need to be replaced by January 1, 2020.

Q: Will the entire Hospital be re-done?

A The entire hospital will not be rebuilt.

Q: What will happen to the Hospital during Construction?

A Highland Hospital will continue its medical services without interruption. The ATR Project has been carefully planned to ensure that the hospital can continue to operate.

Q: When is construction scheduled to start and finish?

A The project has already started but, major construction will start Summer 2010. It will take seven years to complete this project. The project schedule calls for completion in 2017. For more information, see Project Schedule.

Q: How much will this project cost?

A The project is estimated to cost $668-million.

Q: Who owns and operates the Highland Hospital?

A Highland Hospital is owned by Alameda County and operated by the Alameda Health System (AHS).

Q: Which office within our county government is managing the construction project?

A Alameda County General Services Agency (GSA) is managing the ATR Project. Clark Design/Build of California will execute the design and construction.

Q: Are there contracting opportunities available for small contractors on the Project?

A There are contracting opportunities for small contractors in various components of the project. For more information, please see Contract Opportunities.

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