Lean Into Change

“There is nothing permanent except change.” Heraclitus

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein

“If you’re not changing, you’re not growing.” Maggie Rogers

“When you stop growing you start dying.” William S. Burroughs

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”Winston Churchill

The jury is in; it has been for a really long time. Throughout the ages humanity has encountered change and the need to change itself. This is far from a new concept, and it is no different today as we see change accelerating at an increasing rate.

Reflecting on some of the biggest changes of 2022: inflation surged worldwide; the coronavirus mutated to the Omicron variant and took another swipe at humankind; Russia invaded Ukraine; SCOTUS overturned Roe V. Wade; droughts occurring around the world (ok, this is not new to California) but; flooding in California; the passing of the world’s second longest-ever reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, along with the world population surpassing 8 billion.

Of course, not all of these have affected each of us directly, but you get the point. That’s a lot of change. So, the obvious question is, will you adapt to all the shifting around you to thrive and overcome, or will you succumb to the acceleration of change and be left behind, stop growing and start dying?

The law of entropy tells us that, left unchecked, everything degrades into more chaos and disorder with time. Maintaining order requires work, and it is that work that, over time, produces improvement. Change is a process, not an event. It should be driven by improvement, not simply for the sake of change. What do you want to improve? How good do you want to be? The answer to each of these questions requires work, requires change.

So, in 2023 The Stahl Companies is committed to embracing change. We’re committed to putting in the work and making change a part of our culture to keep growing and to keep improving, for the health of our communities.




The Agency Formerly Known as OSHPD…

…is once again OSHPD. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development was birthed within the Health and Human Services Department of California following the Sylmar earthquake of 1971 (also known as the 1971 San Fernando earthquake). While its purpose has long been as the healthcare information clearinghouse within the state for collecting healthcare workforce data through monitoring activities in acute and skilled care facilities, when those of us in the design and construction world refer to it, we’re thinking of only one division.

The Facilities Development Division (FDD) has authority over hospital design and construction within which resides the plan review, permitting, and field staff functions with which we so regularly interact.

In 2021, OSHPD was promoted from an “office” to a “department” and with this came a name change and a rebranding. The era of the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) had begun. But here we are in 2023, hearing the rumors confirmed – another name change. HCAI still exists however FDD has changed the name to the Office of Statewide Hospital Planning and Development (differing from health planning). Is that a demotion? The acronym, OSHPD, is still valid. And a good thing, too, because I’m tired of feeling like I’m clearing my throat.

Now, where can I get reimbursed for all the costs of changing our website and marketing materials?

Welcome New Stahl Team Members

Jamie Ohler


“Last fall, instead of transitioning back into the classroom, I joined The Stahl Companies. I have been in Education, curriculum construction, and school administration for 17 years. I also worked as a manager, trainer, and bartender in multiple restaurants honing my time management and chaos control skills.

During COVID, I spent my time in Logistics and Human Resources with an international online retail conglomerate.

Each of these past lives has been a fantastic learning experience to prepare me for project management work here at The Stahl Companies. So far, I have had the privilege of working with our amazing Southern California Team, gaining knowledge from the senior members. I have had the opportunity to see a project in completion and one in its infancy, as well as many in between. I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge and experience while working with USC and many other of our Southern California clients.”

Ezequiel Rubin


An experienced Project Manager with over 20 years in leadership positions across a broad spectrum of industries, Ezequiel joined the Southern California Stahl Team in November of last quarter.

His specialties include OSHPD/Healthcare, Commercial, and Multifamily buildings.

Ezequiel’s mission is to help people become the type of leaders who make a lasting positive impact on the construction industry. Trained as an Architect, Ezequiel is also a Certified Construction manager and FEMA consultant, and is currently working towards obtaining his General Contractor’s license.

When he is not in the office, Ezequiel is actively involved in the local community. He enjoys woodworking and loves spending time with his wife, kids, and Guava, a.k.a., the family dog.

“I am eager to accept the challenge to grow The Stahl Companies’ presence in the Southern California market and support the best healthcare Owners’ Reps in the region.”

Happy Anniversary! 

Two of our Ideal Team Players are celebrating anniversaries this quarter!

Karyn Puma

1/28/08 - 15 years

Payton Ohl

1/13/20 - 3 years

See our entire Stahl Team!


Past OSHPD Webinars:

  •  2022 CBSC Triennial Code Cycle Updates for Part 1 and Part 2-Volume 1

Upcoming OSHPD Webinars:

  • PIN 74 – Skilled Nursing Facilities Backup Power Source

Training Update

The Stahl Companies is committed to the continuous pursuit of knowledge to support our expertise in serving the healthcare construction industry in the State of California.

Over the last few months, we have continued to immerse ourselves in learning opportunities by joining webinars offered by OSHPD In addition to joining webinars presented by OSHPD, CSHE and other organizations, we are committed to providing ongoing support to our team. Our internal development programs are constantly evolving and are key to ensuring we are delivering projects with Service Excellence.

Here are some of the topics recently covered:

  • Project Close Out
  •  Agency Close Out
  • Invoice Review and Processing
  •  Code Compliance – Delayed Egress
  • Design Phases (SD, DD, CD)
  • Change Management
  • Disruption Coordination
  • Infection Control
  • PCRA
  • ILSM
  • CANs
  •  PINs
  • Submittals
  •  OPC Development
  •  Budget Management
  • Contract Changes
  • Owner Milestone Schedules
  • Purchase Orders
  • Facility Systems
  • Lien Releases


Keck Medical Center of USC

Doheny Building Renovation

Los Angeles, California

There is no greater rivalry in the Los Angeles area than that of USC VS UCLA. The recent purchase of the Doheny Eye Institute building was a great victory for the USC Real Estate group. The Doheny building was originally constructed in the 1970s and owned by UCLA for many of the ensuing years, despite the location of surrounding USC Medical buildings.

The Stahl Companies was eager to accept the opportunity to partner with USC on this endeavor. We have assembled a highly technical Team to perform our role as Owner’s Representative bringing together experienced professionals for design, planning, procurement, and construction.

The Doheny building is comprised of two levels for parking and four levels for office and lab space. The Lower Basement floor is used for parking while the Upper Basement floor is made up of half parking use and half used for vivarium lab space. Floor 1 contains office spaces while floors 2 through 4 are lab spaces.

Our Stahl team is assisting in the management of all required building upgrades from code compliance through building infrastructure and design through close out. We are also managing the renovation of all tenant improvements such as the student library lounge and an auditorium for lectures.

Working side by side with the Owner and the General Contractor, The Stahl Companies has assumed the role of guiding the Team to success. Go Trojans!

Keck School of Medicine, USC - Doheny Building - Stahl Companies (

Marshall Medical Center

Placerville, California

The Stahl Companies is proud to announce Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, California as one of our newest client partnerships. The Stahl Companies will be providing consultant-related services including planning, project management, budget development, estimating, design coordination, construction coordination, transition planning, equipment logistics, and other professional services.


Marshall Medical Center includes a 111-bed hospital with a Level III Trauma Center emergency department. Located in the Sierra Foothills, the medical center serves the 10,747 population of Placerville and its surrounding rural communities.

The Stahl Companies, since its founding, has worked to partner with rural hospitals across California understanding those communities’ needs for facilities like Marshall Medical Center. Our core value of COMMUNITY encompasses our commitment to rural hospitals, in the belief that these health centers are part of the social fabric aiming to lift everyone up.



Deliver projects with expertise for the health of our communities.


We passionately serve the healthcare community by utilizing our depth of experience and understanding the needs of our clients. We deliver consistent project success by uniting teams in the pursuit of common goals and providing comprehensive service through our proven ability to integrate ourselves into our client's unique culture.


Project Management Approached with Calm

An interview with Sr. Project Manager, Robert Williams

Q. What prompted The Stahl Companies’ leadership to focus on employee health?

A. We believe that the most central part of Stahl is our people, and because of that, we want to make certain that we are focused on the well-being of each individual on our team. We are driven to build and maintain a culture that is focused on the importance of everyone at Stahl.

Q. 2023 Focus - Mental health – Why Incorporate the Calm App as an Employee Benefit?

A. One thing that makes our company unique is that each of the leaders with Stahl, prior to finding a place on the leadership team, has endured (to some level) the day-to-day travails associated with what we do. We’ve been on projects that have gone awry, been at the forefront of problem-solving, and been thoroughly involved throughout the project life. Firsthand we have experienced the challenges faced when managing complex hospital construction projects. Now we see those same challenges encountered by our people. We want to ensure it is clear that we are looking out for the team above anything else. The team’s health is extremely important to us, and we want to look at health holistically. So, this year we are focused on mental health and we want to provide access to resources that allow our team to not only survive but to thrive through the challenges that they regularly face.

Q. In what ways is (healthcare) project management work anxiety-provoking?

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One of our Stahl Companies core values focuses on community. We believe that we are all part of a shared social fabric and should therefore aim to lift everyone up. Walt, our CEO, has been inspired by the commitment of a longtime friend, and industry partner, to their singular charity. With that in mind, at the onset of 2023, he has challenged us to go ALL IN.

ALL IN is a twofold commitment emphasizing corporately giving back to communities, including on a regional level.

Firstly, The Stahl Companies will commit to one nonprofit (to be announced at a later date) by concentrating our efforts on both assisting them in raising awareness around the state and helping them in any way we can.

Secondly, our commitment will extend to communities regionally. The Stahl Companies has offices in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. We’ve challenged each of our teams at those local offices to find an organization to give back to within their community.

Being ALL IN extends beyond our project management services. ALL IN is an effort to which we are committing, with the goal of lifting everyone up. We’ve cultivated a culture among our employees centered around community and we believe they are eager to give 100%.

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