New SoHum Health Hospital Facility Drawings Planned
This is a press release from SoHum Health:
Questions have arisen since the last SoHum Health governing board meeting on January 30 regarding architectural drawings for the construction of the community’s replacement hospital and clinic. The new facility footprint will be behind the existing building at 286 Sprowel Creek Road in Garberville. Previous drawings depicted a two-story facility, including surgical areas, future service expansion, and other spaces, which will not be present in the new project design. Significantly, the hospital may only require a single-story building with these changes.
The SoHum Health Facilities Committee, which includes district staff, two District board members and two local building contractors, held a meeting on January 13th. The resulting recommendation to the district board was to approve funding of revised conceptual drawings.
Previous plausible design drawings confirmed that the construction of the new facilities would meet current standards for services, including room space requirements, on-site utility infrastructure, and parking needs. In addition, district staff has worked on many other reviews and assessments including Airport Land Use Compliance legal review and FAA approval, a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, Geotechnical and Geologic studies, and Archeological review. Based on the previous cost of work, new drawings would likely be between $50,000-$100,000. This study will also consider how we might take advantage of a multi-million dollar construction cost savings if we comply with seismic legislation now under consideration by the California Legislature.
At their meeting on January 30, 2020, the governing board made a recommendation to request that the SoHum Health Foundation consider funding a portion of this amount because of some significant cash outlays projected by the District over the next few months.
This next phase will provide the public with a clearer picture of what the new facilities will look like on the multilevel property, showing patients how they will navigate between the new modern hospital and clinic buildings and the existing structure which currently houses classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, and the Redwood Playhouse.
SoHum Health has engaged Moore-Uebel Architecture out of Santa Rosa for this project. The firm has an established relationship with OSHPD (Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development), the agency which oversees building and maintenance compliance of hospital facilities in California.
With this revision, the Southern Humboldt community will be another step closer to a new, modern hospital and clinic, and improved health services.