AIA|LA Committee on Architecture in Healthcare presents "Demystifying SPC4D"
February 17, 4:30-6:30PM
Degenkolb Engineers, 300 South Grand Avenue, Suite 3850, Los Angeles, CA 90071

AIA|LA Committee on Architecture in Healthcare

Demystifying SPC4D

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 4:30-6:30 PM (2 AIA CEU’s)

Location: Degenkolb Engineers, 300 South Grand Avenue, Suite 3850, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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With a 2030 deadline looming on the horizon, healthcare providers are facing the challenges of what is in the best interest of all stakeholders to do with their effected existing building stock. SPC4D is the most recent development in this process to evaluate existing acute care buildings and make the best choice as to seismically upgrade, build new, and decommissioning or demolishing.

As architects in the Healthcare realm, understanding this process will help to advise Healthcare Providers as to their best options.  Principals Richard Franco and Daniel Zepeda have created a very clear, concise presentation to allow all who attend to be able to discuss this process with knowledge and confidence.

Attendees will learn:

- The history behind SPC4D and why it was established

- How to untangle the OSHPD flow charts and clearly understand the timeline, process and steps involved with SPC4D


Richard Franco, SE, Principal, Degenkolb Engineers

Richard Franco joined Degenkolb Engineers in 1996 after receiving his Masters of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Richard is a California Licensed Structural Engineer who is a Principal with the firm and also holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Bringing intensity and enthusiasm to his work, Richard provides expert advice and design solutions for seismically upgrading healthcare facilities. Richard was a very significant contributor to Degenkolb’s firm wide initiative preparing seismic surveys for hospital campuses throughout Southern and Northern California in response to SB 1953. Richard’s SPC4D experience includes evaluations for Dignity Health and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Daniel Zepeda, SE, Principal, Degenkolb Engineers

Daniel Zepeda received his Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is a licensed Structural Engineer in California and a Principal with Degenkolb Engineers.  With over a decade of experience in seismic evaluation and seismic strengthening of existing buildings, Daniel’s has been the lead engineer in dozens of OSHPD seismic strengthening upgrade projects. He is the chair of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)’s Existing Buildings Committee and is Degenkolb’s “resident expert on SPC5” as he is designing the first ever SPC1 to SPC5 seismic upgrade of a hospital central plant. He is currently studying the possibility of retrofitting buildings to an SPC4D performance level for Dignity Health, Verity Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente. Daniel was a member of Degenkolb’s post-earthquake reconnaissance team that surveyed both the 2010 Chile Earthquake and the 2010 Baja California Earthquake.  He is also participating in the update of the latest version of ASCE 41 which is the standard used in SPC 4D upgrades.

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Special thanks to Degenkolb Engineers for hostig this event at their office!