CALEXICO — After eyeballing the structural innards of the long-vacant Calexico Hospital building, a San Diego engineer found "few signs of structural distress, structural deterioration, slab damage and seismic damage in the hospital complex."
A report from Michael Gardner of the San Diego engineering firm of Stedman & Dyson continues, "We are not aware of any building code or jurisdictional mandates for structural rehabilitation and upgrade. Therefore, we are not recommending any structural repairs of existing structural elements intended for the new use of the hospital buildings."
Gardner's assessment should allow the Heffernan Memorial Hospital District to finalize negotiations with Brawley-based Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo.
Clinicas Director Louis Lerma has proposed opening a late-night urgent care center in part of the hospital complex. The center would be open during the hours the Clinicas center on Cole Road is closed.
Before Lerma would move forward with plans to open a Heffernan center, he wanted to see a structural analysis of the building. Lerma is worried the building might have to be brought up to seismic code.