According to the latest SmartMarket Report on Prefabrication and Modularization, healthcare was among the top industries suitable for modular construction – indicating almost half of building professionals in the sector leverage this building methodology. This adoption rate has continuously grown over the last five years and is predicted to continue worldwide. But why?
Nadler Modular is proud to have worked with numerous hospitals, clinics, research, disaster relief, military, and other healthcare facilities over the years. Among many of these clients have been several common business drivers and key benefits that those still considering modular as an alternative or complementary construction strategy should be aware of.
Arguably the most important benefits of modularization and off-site fabrication for healthcare providers is the ability to remain open during construction.
Critical healthcare services can still be delivered to patients, with very little disruption. Whether modular buildings are to be permanently located as part of the overall facility, fulfill a temporary space requirement during core construction, or any combination of both, modular buildings bring the benefit of being relocatable and expandable as needs change.
Furthermore, the design requirements of hospital rooms, for instance, typically map very well to modularization. This helps maximize the benefits of prefabricated construction.
Speed and compressed project times are also important deciding factors.
Whether looking to fast-track large mega-projects or much smaller healthcare facilities, project schedules are greatly compressed by conducting multiple building activities simultaneously. New advanced prefabrication techniques and technologies also contribute to scheduling savings and improved quality control by optimizing much of the construction supply chain. From electrical and plumbing, HVAC systems, headwalls, bathrooms, patient exam rooms, emergency rooms, physician offices, exterior elements – all this is built offsite in a controlled environment, immune to weather and other related risks that can often delay a project.
Modular buildings can also be highly customized to meet specific design and environmental requirements. For instance during a recent Nadler Modular government hospital project on the tropical island of San Juan, specific materials were applied to contend with the high amounts of humidity, and also termites.
To combat the termite issue, custom metal studs were used in the walls and a steel bottom board lining the trailer’s floor to create a barrier that termites could not penetrate. To address the humidity issue, special Bard HVACs designed specifically for this tropical area were applied, providing an innovative and cost-effective cooling and ventilating system for the complexes – very important to supporting safe and comfortable patient care.
While modular and offsite construction is growing in adoption across industry verticals, the healthcare sector continues to lead the way. The key benefits of prefabricated building methodologies are uniquely aligned with the business challenges and requirements of hospitals, in particular, solutions that drastically reduce disruption timeframes.
For more information on Nadler Modular and how we can support your organization’s space and building needs, please visit nadlermodular.com/healthcare.