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The increasing number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, while the space to care for these patients is becoming limited. Hospitals will eventually reach its capacity to receive more patients. New York is a great example, where a spike in COVID-19 cases has been observed and they are struggling to provide enough beds for their patients. If the spread of COVID-19 continues to rise, the hospitals will reach its limit. Here in the Northwest we have the lowest bed count per 1000 people in the United States, with Oregon at the lowest count and Washington just barely ahead. I believe that something needs to be done to help alleviate the increasing number of patients at the hospital. The hospitals may have medical tents that can help but they are not a long term solution. You may only place so many tents within a confined area that eventually you will run out of space or reach a limit as tents spread outwards. That is an issue I'd be addressing.
During this pandemic, temporary isolated space is something that is sought out. Due to the limited space majority of hospitals have, this portable structure can become a possible solution. The primary use for this module is to provide housing for non critical patients that require isolation for a period of time. However, the structure can provide alternative uses. It could be used for employee’s housing or deployed to other regions in the event of emergencies. I want to design a modular that is capable of stacking on top of one another to free up horizontal space that would otherwise be filled with tents. The modular structure would consist of cold form steel with a paneling system that would have plumbing and wiring prebuilt into it. These wall panels (composed of recycled plastics) will be transparent or semi transparent to allow light into the space. Whereas, the honeycomb shape is to create open space between each unit to allow additional lighting through the unit as well as increase air flow. In terms of structure weight, it would be light enough to be assembled or disassembled with the use of handheld power tools. This would reduce the time it takes to assemble the modular without the need of heavy machinery. The structures themselves are connected by a bracing system that fits between the open space that is created by the shape of the modular. The modular can be broken down into smaller pieces to be placed on the back of a regular truck for easier transportation; rather than having a precasted base that required heavy machinery to move them and set them in place.
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