Seismic upgrades delayed at Florence hospital

The $2.5 million upgrades were set to be underway this summer but might not kick off until the spring.

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 5:57 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 6:18 PM

FLORENCE, Ore. -- A project to upgrade earthquake safety at a Florence hospital has been delayed, a spokeswoman with PeaceHealth says.

PeaceHealth received a $2.5 million grant from the state to do seismic upgrades at Peace Harbor Medical Center. Officials were hoping to start the project in July but now say work won't start until the spring.

Spokeswoman Anne Williams says the design process is taking longer than first thought, and they are still in the planning phase.

The upgrades call for retrofitting footings in 47 locations within the hospital and placing new wall anchors in more than 50 locations. The funds will also cover upgrades to mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.

Williams says the hospital is outside of the tsunami zone but was built in 1989 when there wasn’t a widespread understanding of the likelihood of a catastrophic earthquake and its potential consequences.

They hope to have the project finished by the summer 2021.

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