The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in China has been in the news and so too has the building of hospitals. The lack of facilities to treat and quarantine patients, especially at the loci in Wuhan, caused the Chinese government to implement emergency plans with the result that it rushed the building of two new hospitals in Wuhan as special emergency facilities. The building of Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital and Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital was an emergency measure taken by Wuhan municipal authorities to resolve the insufficiency of the city's medical resources. The Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital, covering 25,000 sq. meters with 700-1,000 beds, was launched on January 24 and was completed on February 3.
Smart buildings are here. With the IoT (Internet of Things) and big data growing at rates faster than ever before, buildings are also becoming connected. For construction companies, investing in technologies and equipment such as sensors and platforms can enable clients to engage with occupants in realtime. Such is the case with hospitals.