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Webinar - 50 years after the 1971 San Fernando Earthquake

  • February 17, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual - Link to be Provided


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50 years after the 1971 San Fernando Earthquake Structural impacts and subsequent earthquakes on the California Hospital Seismic Program

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


The Origins of the law that established the California hospital seismic safety program lie deep within California’s concerns about earthquake safety and it emerged from a long series of seismic events. To truly appreciate the California Hospital Seismic Program as a whole, it is essential to look back to the genesis of the program and subsequent events that morphed the program to its current state. This presentation will present and discuss the impact large earthquakes have had on state legislation and the trickle-down effect on the state building code and structural design related to health care in California and the creation of a framework for building codes to include testing and inspection compliance requirements during construction.


Brett W. Beekman, SE
Supervisor of the South Los Angeles Region

Brett Beekman, SE is currently Supervisor of the South Los Angeles Region for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). He has 35 years of experience in structural engineering design and review, the last 15 of which have been with OSHPD. As supervisor he is responsible for plan review of General Acute Care Hospitals, Acute Psychiatric Hospitals, Intermediate Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities as prepared by a team of structural engineers, architects, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and fire & life safety officers. His role prior to this as a District Structural Engineer for the Seismic Compliance Unit of OSHPD was the generation, implementation and review of the online reporting process that OSHPD has made available to hospitals for meeting the requirements of Senate Bill 499. Further duties include management of all Structural Contract Out Retainer Contracts and agreements, development and management of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Retainer Contracts and structural review of Nonstructural Performance Category (NPC) upgrade documents. Previously, Mr. Beekman as a Senior Structural Engineer at OSHPD was involved in structural plan review for OSHPD 1 and OSHPD 2 buildings in the South Region. Since 2008, Mr. Beekman has been an OSHPD Representative to the Hospital Building Safety Board - Administrative Processes, Code Changes, and Standard Details Subcommittee which is responsible for development of secondary structural typical details known as OSHPD Preapproved Details (OPD’s) for use on hospitals. Prior to coming to OSHPD, Mr. Beekman worked for John A. Martin & Associates developing structural solutions to various hospitality, commercial, public, gaming, parking and health related construction projects.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Individuals: Members - $50, Non-Members - $25, Students - $10

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