Modular construction can allow healthcare facilities s to quickly increase the number of patients they can care for during construction projects or during pandemic situations, according to an article from Building Operating Management on the FacilitiesNet website.
Hospitals usually maintain enough bed space for a typical patient load and do not have a large amount of spare patient beds — the maintenance cost for having a large amount of unused patient bed space just doesn’t make sense. In a situation like a pandemic, modular construction’s speed is its biggest advantage.
Healthcare is the market segment poised for the biggest increase in the use of modular and prefabricated construction over the next three years, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. However, there are still challenges in implementing its use in the healthcare market moving forward.
Based on a recent Dodge study, healthcare facilities accounted for 24 percent of building types using permanent modular construction. It is expected to decrease over the next three years to 14 percent.
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