FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers to assist you. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Q: How long does it take to complete a Medical Equipment Replacement Project in a Hospital ?

A: The typical construction duration for an equipment replacement (MRI, CT, Angio, RF, etc..) takes approximately 10-14 weeks (less if “like for like”. Equipment installation is approximately 2 weeks and OSHPD approvals are typically 2-4 weeks after the equipment is installed. The total duration from start of construction to Owner first use is approximately 18-24 weeks.

Q: Can I install an MRI in any location ?

A: While most sites can accomodate an MRI not every site is ideal. In some cases moving metals (cars, elevators, etc), surrounding equipment, or structural issues can rule out certain areas in a given space.

Q: Do I need a permit for a simple equipment replacement?

A: Yes, permits are required for any construction work.

Q: What is OSHPD ?

A: OSHPD stands for “Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development”. OSHPD is the building department for Hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in California. OSHPD has seven divisions which can be found at www.oshpd.ca.gov

Q: How do I know if a project is under OSHPD jurisdiction or City jurisdiction?

A: Any renovation project or new construction project that takes place inside a hospital or skilled nursing facility is under OSHPD jurisdiction. It is possible to have a project on hospital property but still be under city jurisdiction as long as the structure is not using any hospital utilities and has the proper clearances. Special consideration should be taken in these cases to verify if OSHPD, the City or both have jurisdiction.

Q: How long does it take to get a project through OSHPD?

A: The length of time OSHPD takes to review a project often depends on the size and complexity of the project. The average time for OSHPD to review an equipment replacement project is approximately 20-30 weeks.