Tag Archive for Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Construction

Healthcare Reform The Affordable Care Act’s 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

Nash BothRooms 300x199 2014 Healthcare Construction: 5 Questions with MedBuild Director Brian AlbersObamacare, 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 Japan 300x200 3 Industries Made for Modular

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.

Healthcare

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

shutterstock 94651684 150x150 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 noise1 Modular Construction vs. Noise PollutionThe 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 61 Healthcare Looks to Modular Construction for Faster, Specialized BuildingHospital 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

 Watch Your Step Today, Daylight Savings Increases 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.

Planning Ahead to Prevent Construction Site Accidents

 Planning Ahead to Prevent Construction Site Accidents

Safety is the top concern for every construction firm. Besides the obvious impact on workers, construction accidents can have a devastating impact on customer relationships, your ability to bid and win jobs and, ultimately, your company’s bottom line.

As you approach your next project, here’s a list of high risk areas and some tips for developing a plan to avoid them.

7 Most Common OSHA Violations

7. Hazard Communication
6. Scaffolding
5. Excavations (protective systems)
4. Head Protection
3. Ladders
2. Excavations (general requirements)
1. Fall Protection

Inspect the Site, Recognize the Hazards, Make a Plan

This should seem routine, but inspecting and understanding any unusual hazards associated with a site should be completed before any project starts. Here are some tips for keeping your team safe on the job, Read more

Inside the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort: A Volunteer’s Perspective

 Inside the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort: A Volunteer’s Perspective

  • In Franklin Township, New Jersey, not far from the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, a 1 million square foot warehouse is buzzing with activity around the clock. On any other day, it would be just a warehouse in a suburban industrial park. Now it’s a primary hub from which an army of volunteers for the American Red Cross are running the massive relief effort to aid the families and businesses that lost everything in the storm.

That warehouse is where 10 ModSpace employees from our corporate office outside of Philadelphia spent last Wednesday, November 14 as Red Cross volunteers. As donations pour in from around the globe, volunteers are needed to get supplies to the Red Cross shelters Read more

Commercial Construction Surges in Canada

 Commercial Construction Surges in Canada

Modular control tower by ModSpace at Suncor Energy’s oil sands extraction facility in Alberta, Canada.

Though still not back to pre-recession levels, Canada’s commercial construction sector appears to be improving, according to a number of recent reports. The latest statistics from CanaData indicate that construction spending has seen relatively strong quarterly increases through the final quarter of this year, despite declines the second, third and fourth quarters of 2011.

Specifically, the volume of commercial building has risen in seven of Canada’s 11 major metropolitan areas this year, according to CanaData. Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada, has experienced a 33.7 percent uptick in commercial building in 2012.

The Journal of Commerce reports that this increase in commercial construction coincides with a rise in office-based employment, which has jumped by a significant margin over the past year in Read more