In December, CoStar published an article about construction backlog being at a three-year high. One of the biggest areas of construction backlog is in healthcare, followed by infrastructure. This should come as no surprise – the onset of COVID-19 disrupted nearly every industry across the globe. That, in turn, kicked off some serious spending in the healthcare vertical, including investments in R&D, vaccine distribution, digital infrastructure and alternatives to traditional methods of treating patients (telehealth anyone?).
Optum recently surveyed more than 150 leaders across the healthcare industry to find out how current market forces affected their priorities and how they have changed over the past year. According to the survey, in 2021, healthcare industry leaders’ focus was on cross-collaboration across industry segments. They invested in infrastructure, data and analytics to help improve teamwork and strengthen communication among colleagues and patients. Those surveyed felt that the top three areas of progress made in the industry were:
Areas that were evolving at a slower rate included consumer engagement, learning how to capture, analyze and use data, and simplifying care payment and funding – for both patients and the industry.
How do you keep up with the urgent needs of healthcare at a time when construction projects are booked out, sometimes up to a year in advance? The answer is modular construction.
The Modular Building Institute defines modular construction as a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, then assembled on location.
Modular construction was rarely used in healthcare a decade ago. Now, according to a study conducted by McGraw Hill Construction, 49% of all healthcare projects are modular (up from 37% in 2011). Structures that are repeatable and built off-site for modular include: Overhead electrical, vents, mechanical and plumbing work that can be factory built, then delivered and installed as one piece. The industry uses modular for structures that are repeatable and can be built off-site, including:
This allows the healthcare industry to leverage the key benefits of modular:
The key to a successful modular project is planning for it up front — having an experienced project management team and engaging them as early as possible to reap its benefits. Learn more about TDIndustries' modular capabilities.
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