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Frustrated by delays, Santa Clara County hires construction auditor for new psychiatric hospital

Original post made on Jan 17, 2022

For years, Santa Clara County supervisors were told that an innovative psychiatric facility serving children and teens would be complete and open to patients by November next year. But the project now faces significant delays.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 17, 2022, 1:48 PM

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Posted by Neilson Buchanan
a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Neilson Buchanan is a registered user.

One solution is whether the construction company has a proven record for hospital construction. An ordinary general contractor would be unlikely to successfully complete a hospital contract on time and on budget. During these especially trying covid times, a hospital-experienced contractor would be strained. Another underlying factor could be the lead architecture firm with record of hospital experience. Finally, competing low bids from unproven general contractors is recipe for problems. This problem solving is not rocket science.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 18, 2022 at 12:44 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

The County Administrator (Smith) seems-to-think that as a long-time veteran health care SYSTEM manager he personally has Construction expertise. There was a multi-million dollar cost overrun for a very complex Valley Medical Center construction project. Smith deeply involved himself in this particular construction project when he came into Santa Clara County management.

Operations managers are not Construction managers! Smith has already shown that HE is NOT(!) The Guy to be anywhere near health construction management.

-My Supervisor - right again (IMO) on this one.

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