Why is Healthcare Moving Towards Modular Construction Methods?
The COVID-19 environment changed the way we do many daily activities. From hybrid and remote work to more outdoor dining, we have developed a new way of life to adapt to the world around us. But individuals are not the only ones experiencing change. Many companies and industries are also adjusting and finding ways to adapt and evolve.
During the pandemic, many large-scale construction projects were put on hold. And now that there are supply chain issues, among other roadblocks, facility managers are sure to see an influx of projects with shortened deadlines, in order to meet the growing need.
How Do These Changes Impact Healthcare?
There’s no doubt that the healthcare industry has been overworked since the beginning of the pandemic. Many hospitals had a shortage of beds available for patients, and nurses and doctors alike were in high demand.
A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that a whopping 66,400 healthcare jobs were added in February, followed by another 8,300 jobs in March. Of those 8,300, hospitals and ambulatory healthcare services experienced the highest rate of employment growth.
As the healthcare industry experiences continued growth, the demand for facilities increases also. But due to the supply chain issues, as well as backed-up project schedules, the timeline for new construction may be stunted. However, pre-fabrication and modular construction—one of the fastest-growing trends in construction today—is prepared for the challenge.
What Sets Modular Construction Apart?
Because individual modules are constructed inside a manufacturing plant, the entire process from start to finish is faster. Not only is the prefabrication itself quick and efficient, but your location site can be prepared simultaneously. Foundations and excavation can be a lengthy process, but with modular you don’t have to wait for this to be completed before building. “That means you’ll not only stay ahead of the schedule-in fact, your time will be cut in half, a third, or even more- getting more patients to your hospital faster” (Fierce Healthcare).
Another trait that sets modular apart is its ability to create both temporary and permanent space solutions, which traditional construction cannot. Modular buildings can be constructed to create large, permanent hospitals, or they can be smaller, portable buildings that offer quick-care service. Some examples of portable buildings could be: Blood Donation Centers, Urgent Care facilities, Truck Stops Medical Centers, COVID Testing Centers, Dialysis Facilities, College Campus Nurse's Office, and more.
Not all hospitals and healthcare facilities look the same. With modular, the possibilities and versatility are endless.
Key Advantages of Modular Construction for Healthcare
Of the many benefits that modular construction offers, the healthcare industry can benefit mostly from cost and time savings. This is due to the manufacturing process that they are built with, which specializes in assembly-line building processes. Not only in modular construction more affordable, but it also comes with an array of payment options. Depending on the type of building you choose, you can lease or finance your building. This makes affordable monthly payments very feasible, and offers peace of mind to new businesses who don't necessarily have that upfront capital.
Another benefit of modular construction is its reliable and consistent nature. "With so many other industries having adapted to this kind of manufacturing process, it's really the most obvious and natural progression for construction to follow. It also ensures a higher-quality product by following a standardized industrial process rather than traditional construction, where the quality can quite literally differ from one room to the next" (Health Spaces).
Of all construction methods, modular is by far the most green option. There is less material waste and pollution due to the fact that they're built in a factory. Not only that, but many materials are recycled, and the buildings can be reused time and time again from one customer to the next. It's by far the most sustainable type of construction that currently exists.
Modular construction is a tried and true method. Although a newly adopted method by some industries, modular construction has been around for decades. In fact, in the 1970s when modular first gained traction, it was often chosen over traditional construction by both businesses and schools for offices and classrooms. Over the years, modular construction has only improved in its design, speed, capabilities, and overall quality and aesthetics.
Modular Construction is Here to Stay
According to construction experts, the growing trend of modular healthcare construction has just begun. Healthcare providers are realizing that they can't ignore the benefits and premium service that modular offers. It's not just a design concept, but rather a space solution that can help support the quality care and service that healthcare providers give to their patients.
There are many more reasons to consider a modular building for your medical facility. If you would like more information on floor plans or design options, request a quote today. Or consider contacting one of our modular healthcare professionals. Our incredible team is here to assist you with your medical space needs.
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