Press Release: 05.14.2015

Michael Gritters Appointed as Sole General Contractor Representative to California OSHPD Hospital Building Safety Board

Michael Gritters, executive vice president in charge of healthcare for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., has been appointed to the Hospital Building Safety Board for the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD). Gritters will serve a 4-year term, holding the sole General Contractor member seat on the board. In addition, he has been appointed to three committees that oversee Administrative Process and Code Changes, Education and Outreach, and Standard Details.

OSHPD Director Robert P. David said, “California has the highest standards for hospital seismic safety in the world, and I am pleased that Mr. Gritters has agreed to share his expertise on this very important board.”

“California is one of the most rapidly evolving healthcare markets in America, and the effective delivery of healthcare continues to grow in complexity,” commented Gritters. “Ensuring that our healthcare infrastructure is designed and built to safely meet these ever-changing needs is critical. I am honored to represent the contractor’s point of view in this effort.”

The Hospital Building Safety Board (HBSB) was established by Senate Bill 519 in the original Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1973. Comprised of members who are recognized experts in health facility design, engineering and construction, the board advises the Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development on the administration of the Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act and acts as a board of appeals with regard to seismic safety and fire/life safety issues relating to hospital facilities. Board members maintain close contact with professional groups and important industry organizations to bring attention to changes and emerging issues occurring in the design and construction of health facilities in California.

Gritters has 37 years of experience in the construction industry, playing a role in more than $4 billion in healthcare construction work over the years. His construction career has touched on nearly every aspect of the building industry. He holds a bachelor of science in construction engineering from Iowa State University and is a member of the CHOC Children’s Hospital Foundation board. He has also served as a board member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California Orange County District.

About McCarthy
Founded in 1864, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been setting the industry standard in healthcare construction for over a century. With approximately $9 billion in California healthcare facilities completed or currently in process, McCarthy is the leading healthcare and hospital builder in the state (ENR California, August 2014). Throughout all phases of a project, from early integrated design phase services through construction and after completion, McCarthy builders utilize industry-leading construction techniques and the most sophisticated technology tools to deliver exceptional results for clients. McCarthy offers its clients the full range of construction delivery methods – construction management, general contracting, and design/build – whether for one individual project, a sustaining work program or a system-wide facilities program. McCarthy has full-service offices in Newport Beach, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Albuquerque; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill. and Kansas City, Kan. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at

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