Gearing Up For Permit of Occupancy

Posted: May 23, 2019

Inspectors from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) have been on site in NorthBay Healthcare’s new North Wing since May 9, working on completing their final inspections of the new building. It’s safe to say they’re going over everything with a fine-toothed comb and they have not found anything that would delay NorthBay from receiving its long-awaited Certificate of Occupancy in the coming days, reports Annemarie Golz, Facilities Project and Development manager.

“The inspectors are looking at everything from fireproofing and signage, to inspecting seismic bracing of above-ceiling mechanical, electrical and plumbing components. They’re validating measurements for everything from counter heights to floor levelness to confirm ADA compliance,” she explained.

“It’s very detailed and technical, but we’ve had continuous inspections throughout the entire construction process, as required by the state, so if there was anything out of compliance it would already have been addressed.”

The process includes reviewing everything from verification of bolt torqueing to medical gas purity to nurse call programming, she added.

The Certificate of Occupancy signals that construction is officially complete and the organization can begin to move in and activate the building, Annemarie said. “It’s when the contractor turns the building over to NorthBay and we receive the keys, so to speak.”

Hard hats and safety vests will no longer be needed from that point on. “But, access to the wing will still be limited to essential and safety trained personnel until we get closer to first patient.”

The move-in process is planned to start on June 10  and will take about six weeks. The first things to move in will be new furniture, moveable medical, and IT equipment.

Further out there will be plenty of staff training and orientation exercises, mostly throughout the month of August.

Special ribbon-cuttings, Open Houses and VIP ceremonies are set for early September.