Recent changes in the healthcare marketplace driven by the Affordable Care Act have created the availability of funds for Psychiatric Care services that match medical/surgical services funding. Many providers are converting medical/surgical beds to meet this growing need to care for patients with behavioral health care concerns. The Stahl Companies can help owners convert those licensed beds for behavioral health services.
Building code requirements for conversion of patient rooms to psychiatric care are both broad and vague. These remodels can range in complexity but typically include upgrades to existing security systems, remedy of "non-ligature" conditions, and enhancing the aesthetic environment. More recent work in these facilities has shown that creating spaces that reflect more familiar residential elements also leads to optimistic environments which contribute to a patient's comfort and healing, and most importantly to their safety. This can be achieved through color, finish materials, access to daylight, and a more open environment.
The Stahl Companies was contracted to manage the expansion of an existing psychiatric care unit including design, construction, and permitting. The expansion was accomplished through the conversion of 11 existing med-surg patient rooms into psychiatric care rooms, and combining those new rooms with the existing Psychiatric Care Unit. The project was complicated by the fact that the facility was originally built during the 1960's and no upgrades to utilities, structural components, or the safety systems had been done in over 50 years. However, since this project was considered a "Change of Use" project, OSHPD required all of the systems to be upgraded to meet current building standards for an occupied hospital. Along with managing the day-to-day coordination of construction activities and hospital activities, Stahl also managed all OSHPD and CDPH compliance issues in order to receive final occupancy.
Stahl's other responsibilities included:
Evaluating and limiting impacts of numerous OSHPD change orders required by hidden conditions within the existing facility.
Acting as liaison between Architect, Contractor, Owner, and each department affected by the construction.
Managing the Owner's budget.
Providing code analysis of building egress, ADA compliance, and fire sprinkler capabilities.
Managing contracts and activities of all hospital required vendors for the project.