The COVID-19 pandemic forced healthcare facilities managers to adapt nearly every process and operation in which they were involved, and that includes the review of construction mock-ups.
In late 2019, the building team behind Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va., didn’t know that virtual reality mock-ups that users could walk through with a headset would be key to its $300 million hospital expansion project, according to Engineering News-Record.
At the time, the hospital board was asking Robins & Morton to construct traditional physical mock-ups of patient rooms and operating rooms so that doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel could tell project managers exactly what they needed to do their jobs.
After the COVID-19 pandemic made traveling and meeting impossible for the Nashville-based design team of Earl Swensson & Associates, several of Robins & Morton's project team members from throughout the southeast and even hospital personnel, the virtual reality (VR) mock-ups that were delivered by Chicago-based virtual design and construction consultant VIATechnik became critical to the project.
While Robins & Morton had done VR mock-ups before, these had to be able to fully replace physical mock-ups. The experience had to be real enough that hospital staff could recommend changes to headwalls and other placements just from seeing the environment in VR.See the latest posts on our homepage