When Wuhan, China, began to first wrestle with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the need for medical centers, it turned to modular construction. In less than two weeks, it was able to create the 1,000-bed Huoshenshan Hospital and the 1,600-bed Leishenshan Hospital. Videos of the construction were shown on YouTube.
Why modular construction is a good fit in a crisis
Modular construction can be assembled quickly and isn’t dependent on the weather. This means modules, which are built in a factory, can be assembled at any time. Right now, while there are concerns regarding social distancing, the control of putting modules together requires some different practice but is the best solution to getting quick results.
One of the most important things about modular construction is that it separates the location where the project is constructed and the availability of local labour required to construct the project conventionally.
Modular construction in many ways simplifies the task in that it puts a significant portion of the project under a single responsibility.
Economics is also a key determination. Modular construction has the potential of achieving major savings in the construction process.
Just another fact on why modular is fast becoming the world’s choice in building housing and industrial.
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