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DIRTT Supporting the Need for Flexibility in Healthcare

Post COVID-19, healthcare professionals are seeing the need of flexibility in their spaces. DIRTT specializes in building progressive spaces that can meet the everchanging demands of healthcare.

September 26, 2022
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In a recent survey by Mortenson it was found that 100% of healthcare professionals believe that the pandemic has sparked new ideas for construction of healthcare spaces. These findings have shown that prioritizing and investing in the needs for adaptability, flexibility, and telemedicine will see a large increase moving forward.

The Surge of Modular Construction in Healthcare

While the need for flexibility was recognized far before the pandemic, the capacity issues due to the surge of COVID-19 escalated this need. The pandemic revealed that healthcare spaces need to be constructed in a way that can be used for many purposes- and can be reassembled quickly. DIRTT spaces are built for change and ready to adapt as any organization evolves. Their focus on design for disassembly ensures components are interchangeable.

It is refreshing to see a new light of importance shed on the creation of enjoyable healthcare spaces. This human-centric focus can help patients and workers feel better in the spaces where they work and heal. Designers are making this a reality by featuring biophilic design components into spaces- images of landscapes, mimicking natural lighting, and by using materials that resemble wood. These natural elements help create a calmer and more pleasant environment for both patients and healthcare workers. Other designers are using clean lines and neutral palettes to create a more aesthetically pleasing experience for patients and providers.

Investing in a Modular Future

Mortenson's Health Trends survey asked executives what their next objective is. Nearly 40% are planning to increase investment in facilities over the next 18 months, with the largest planned investment being an upgrade to a conventional hospital (71%). According to the report, modular investments will be concentrated in hospitals (60%), ambulatory rooms or facilities (26%), telemedicine rooms (4%), and patient toilets (4%). The question is, how can we build flexibility and modularity into the construction and design of these facilities so they can adapt to future pandemics and epidemics, or really adapt to the changing needs of communities and the care they need?


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How Workscapes + DIRTT can Transform Your Space

DIRTT builds high-performing, adaptable, interior spaces where people collaborate, socialize, learn, and heal. The DIRTT construction system combines intelligent products, intuitive technology, and advanced manufacturing. You get a space that matches your unique vision, without compromising on the speed and agility of industrialized construction.

Adapt with ease: Spaces that look and feel permanent easily evolve with reusable components. Update or reconfigure as your needs change without major renovations or cost.

Budget with confidence: Intuitive software accounts for every component of the DIRTT scope. All materials, parts, and pieces are included in the cost and automatically updated if the design changes.

Move in sooner: Speed up your construction timelines by as much as 30%. Communication tools in DIRTT’s intuitive software empower faster decision making, while rapid manufacturing and efficient installation accelerate the project.

Design without compromise: Achieve your design vision without compromising the speed and agility of industrialized construction. Instead of choosing from off-the-shelf products, you can tailor dimensions, configurations, and finishes with a wide array of customizable components.

Get the outcome you planned: What you see is what you get with 3D visuals linked directly to the factory. Precise manufacturing to 1⁄16 of an inch means your DIRTT scope integrates with the base building and other trades exactly as planned.

Meet sustainability goals: We work with you to understand your sustainability goals and identify how building with DIRTT can support green building standards you’re targeting. Precision manufacturing in efficient facilities radically reduces waste, while materials are carefully selected to reduce embodied carbon. When your needs change, DIRTT’s agile system makes it quick, easy, and cost effective to evolve your space. By repurposing elements of your space in perpetuity, you protect your investment through future reconfigurations and relocations, while keeping waste out of the landfill.

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