California hospitals scurry to meet seismic standards

11/24/2004 |

New seismic safety building codes in California have given rise to a multibillion-dollar hospital construction boom. With a 2001 inspection finding 40% of the state's 479 hospitals were in danger of collapsing in a major earthquake and 75% did not have adequate bracing to keep mechanical and other systems operating, facilities are scurrying to rebuild or retrofit by 2008.

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