Tag Archive for Healthcare

Businesses Choose Used Modular Buildings to Add Space Quickly

Modular buildings can be used and reused for almost any temporary or permanent need, from administrative offices to hospitality suites to remote medical facilities. Small modular facilities can be operational in days, while larger modular structures are commonly ready in a few weeks, and for less than building new. Watch this brief video to learn why businesses choose used modular buildings to add space quickly.

Study Confirms Modular Construction is Faster, More Affordable

Study Confirms Modular Construction is Faster, More AffordableWe’ve been talking for years about the speed and cost savings of modular construction. So naturally, we weren’t the least bit surprised to hear about a recent study that confirms modular construction is both faster and more affordable, cutting construction times by an average of 45% and costs by 16%.

As construction times are shortened, ROI increases. Researchers found that a 25% cut in construction schedule yielded an average savings of $5.81 per square foot. For schedules cut by 50%, savings increased to Read more

Modular Minimizes Impact of Healthcare Construction on Patients

modular healthcare constructionFrom hospital expansions to standalone urgent care facilities, modular construction is quickly becoming the building method of choice for healthcare providers in need of new or additional space. According to Healthcare Design, 49 percent of the industry’s new construction is modular. The trend was confirmed in the McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report on prefabrication and modularization which named healthcare as the industry best suited to take full advantage of the benefits of modular construction.

Greater flexibility, repeatability and significantly reduced time to occupancy aren’t the only reasons modular construction is so appealing to healthcare facilities. Minimal disruption to patients and hospital operations is another compelling reason why so many are choosing modular.

While construction is underway in the factory, comparatively less foundation work is completed onsite. Once the building modules are complete, they are delivered to the site and installed in a fraction of the time of similar traditionally built structures. As a result, hospital operations commonly go unaffected, patients can get needed rest and buildings are completed in as little as half the time. This allows healthcare providers to offer new and better services to more patients, sooner.

In the event that construction does shut down a medical facility, temporary medical buildings can be brought in to allow doctors to continue to provide care. With this in mind, we’re certain modular will continue to be a popular option for new healthcare construction.

The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Construction

Affordable Healthcare Act impact on ConstructionIn a recent interview, MedBuild Director of Business Development Brian Albers shared some insights on the future of healthcare construction. In it, Albers noted that an aging population, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), and the economy are the three largest factors in determining the future of healthcare construction.

There’s no question that an aging population will require increased healthcare services in the near future, creating further demand for related medical facilities. The economy continues to show improvement. The wild card in the equation remains the Affordable Read more

2014 Healthcare Construction: 5 Questions with MedBuild Director Brian Albers

Healthcare constructionObamacare, an aging population and the economy are just a few of the factors impacting new construction projects in the healthcare industry. Brian Albers is the Director of Business Development for MedBuild, ModSpace’s dedicated healthcare division. We recently sat down with Brian to get his perspective on where healthcare construction is headed.

Q: Healthcare reform has brought about significant change. How has that change affected the need for new medical space?

A: It’s accelerated the move toward more cost-effective acute care facilities as a means to maintain profitability. We’re seeing fewer new hospitals and hospital expansions. Instead, providers are focusing on capturing new patients through more conveniently Read more

3 Industries Made for Modular

Modular hotel in Japan

Bayside Marina Hotel, Yokohama, Japan

As modular grows in popularity and architects find new uses for prefab, three industries are best suited to take advantage of the benefits of building offsite. A report by McGraw-Hill Construction says healthcare, commercial warehousing, and the hotel industry would reap the greatest rewards by choosing modular.


Hospitals and similar outpatient facilities are ideal for modular. Patient rooms are identical and can be efficiently replicated at the factory and then quickly assembled onsite. This approach yields consistent quality, time savings of up to 50 percent, and significantly Read more

How to Spot Workers’ Comp Fraud

How to spot workers comp fraudWorkers’ compensation insurance fraud is an unfortunate but still common occurrence in the construction industry. Fraudulent claims increase insurance rates and put additional strain on already-struggling construction firms. While legitimate claims should always be filed and paid according the state and federal requirements, spotting fraudulent claims can help protect your business and reduce expensive insurance rate hikes.

Here are a few red flags that may prompt further review of a worker’s comp claim. Read more

Modular Construction vs. Noise Pollution

Construction site noiseThe advantages of modular over traditional construction are well documented. Cost effectiveness, sustainability, and speed are at the top of the list. One benefit that’s often overlooked is the significant reduction of construction noise.

How does modular cut construction noise? Instead of hammers banging away at the site, modular structures are built offsite in controlled factory environments.

Modular also requires comparatively less site preparation. Unlike stick-built structures, modular buildings are designed and built to stand Read more

Healthcare Looks to Modular Construction for Faster, Specialized Building

Millions of previously uninsured Americans now receive healthcare benefits, creating an urgent need for new medical facilities. As healthcare administrators search for space solutions to improve patient care and profitability, here are some healthcare facilities that have already capitalized on the benefits of modular to see more patients sooner.

Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital Modular Would Care CenterHospital administrators and staff wanted to add a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy facility as an extension of the existing facility. And the hyperbaric chamber needed to accommodate 12 people, rather than the traditional one person.

This highly specialized modular facility started welcoming new patients in Read more

Watch Your Step Today, Daylight Savings Increases Workplace Injuries

Daylight Savings Time responsible for more workplace injuriesThere are a few more weary eyes in the workplace today since Daylight Savings robbed us all of an hour sleep. More accurately, an average of 40 minutes per person was lost according to a 2009 study that appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Now we’re all at greater risk for injuries in the workplace.

In reviewing historical data from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding workplace injuries, researchers concluded that a lack of sleep is directly responsible for a measurable bump in workplace incidents on the Monday after Daylight Savings goes into effect.

The moral of this story… watch your step today, and try to catch up on sleep tonight.