It is impossible to browse any news outlet without seeing the latest update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). What started as a small outbreak in China in late 2019 has now spread into a global pandemic. The number of new cases continues to rise, and there is no known cure or vaccine available at this time. Millions will be impacted by the virus and its spread. The rapid escalation of this pandemic and a strategy to quarantine patients who test positive for it have created an unforeseen demand for controlled, clean medical spaces. In the United States and the Caribbean, modular healthcare facilities are the answer to supply the medical community with a better solution to fighting the Coronavirus.
There are many benefits associated with modular buildings that make them an ideal choice for emergency response.
The first benefit is speed. With a ready fleet of modular buildings, companies like VESTA can rapidly deploy buildings within a matter of weeks. This can be especially important when trying to add healthcare space quickly, such as during the current Coronavirus outbreak.
A second benefit of utilizing modular structures is the ability to expand capacity over the short term – and then demobilize the structures after the immediate demand passes.
Third, construction costs, especially in cities like New York, can often cause building projects to come in over budget. This is due to the difficulty of sourcing building materials, navigating building sites and transporting materials. However, the modular construction process can lead to much more predictable (and lower long-term) costs. This ensures that a modular hospital or modular medical building project comes in under budget and in on time.
Fourth, modular healthcare buildings allow hospital systems to establish triage and intensive care (ICU) facilities in out-lots surrounding the main hospital. This “remoteness” allows healthcare workers to screen and treat COVID-19 patients away from the general (and potentially vulnerable) population. In addition, as a virus like the Coronavirus travels, medical facilities can coordinate to share temporary healthcare facilities, since modular units are highly portable. This allows new and used modular buildings to be transported exactly where they are needed, limiting the risk of patient exposure to general communities.
Finally, modular construction allows healthcare facilities to equip their spaces with the latest technology. Specific rooms and buildings within a healthcare facility can be designed and manufactured with very specific technology to be used at the facility. Whether it is visual displays and monitors or touch-less operation technology, the customer can be certain that each item will be integrated into the design perfectly.
The healthcare industry includes many different types of facilities for which modular buildings are used, including:
Regardless of what type of facility is needed, modular construction in the medical and healthcare industry can be an ideal way to flex capacity when needed.
When the Coronavirus initially began to spread in Wuhan, China, the local hospital quickly became filled with patients. With the hospitals running out of room, officials knew they needed to take preemptive action. They turned to modular construction and were able to construct a 1,000-bed hospital facility in a matter of 10 days.
The construction of the facility was completed using modular, cargo container-like rooms. It was live streamed so that people could watch the progress. See more about this major accomplishment in this video.
Temecula Valley Hospital was built on lean principles using modular construction and some unique designs. The project utilized prefabricated operating room ceilings, exterior wall panels, roof sections, patient room toilets, and mechanical plumbing racks. The project was a huge success, and it turned out to be one of the fastest and most cost-effective hospitals ever built in the state of California.
If you are in need of a modular healthcare facility, you can count on VESTA to deliver quickly. We can provide you with the healthcare space that you need to respond to this crisis. Utilizing innovative modular construction techniques, we can meet your needs quickly and cost-effectively. Let VESTA focus on the construction while you focus on the needs of your patients.
For an example, see our brief VESTA Modular case study in which we built a temporary medical facility for the Karmanos Cancer Institute.