Los Angeles County’s SB 1953 Seismic Retrofit Program (with a budget of $134 million) will retrofit three of the six County medical centers: Harbor UCLA, Olive View UCLA, and Martin Luther King, Jr./Drew. The retrofit design began in January 2002, and the seismic retrofit work is scheduled to be completed by December 2008. Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers Inc. (SBI) developed a seismic retrofit scheme for the 537-bed Main Hospital Building of Martin Luther King / Drew Medical Center, the largest of the six Los Angeles County Hospitals. A prior study by other engineering services proposed a seismic retrofit scheme which was highly intrusive and required significantly more management.

Based on the advanced state-of-the-art seismic analysis, Saiful Bouquet developed a seismic retrofit scheme that significantly reduced the magnitude of the retrofit required. The retrofit solution mostly could be implemented from the outside, which will permit far less move management and will allow 95% of the hospital to continue their operations during construction.