How prefab can enable the design and construction industry to bring much needed beds to hospitals, faster

AMY MARKS | April 12, 2020

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Managing the COVID-19 pandemic-and saving lives-depends largely on the availability of medical supplies, including the capacity of hospitals. But the United States lags behind other nations, with only 2.8 beds per thousand people compared to 4.3 in China and 12.8 in South Korea. The sheer pace of the outbreak raises the question of how we can expand our healthcare infrastructure and do so at speed. When China put up a hospital in just ten days, many people asked if the same would also be possible here in the U.S.

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On Engineering in Crisis: Strategizing and Finding Consistency

Article | April 16, 2020

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10 simple ways to ensure a successful infrastructure project

Article | August 4, 2021

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