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Built to Move
Source: Healthcare Design Magazine

Source: Healthcare Design Magazine

Source: Dale Anderson, Healthcare Design

What are Modular Wall Systems?

“Wall systems that are composed of fabricated material and shipped to a site to be assembled into custom configurations are known as modular wall systems. The level of flexibility and interchangeability accumulating with such walls has been key in their rise of popularity over the last few years. Originally, the walls were constructed for office settings but just recently, designers have adapted them to fit in with healthcare environments.”

Pros of Modular Wall Systems

“Modular walls with improve acoustic performance. They also allow much flexible movement. This adaptability can give healthcare spaces and hospitals the ability to change a primary care area into a pediatric care center, depending on the velocity of patients that month. This not only opens up centers to have more variety but also becomes cost effective. Configuration is key in this movement because it gives facilitators access to ways that they can create innovative and comfortable spaces. Fabricated walls also add to an increase in patients mental well being. Walls that have a homier feel are more inviting to patients and visitors.”

Real Life Trial

“The Polyclinic Northgate Plaza in Seattle is a clinic space of five-stories and 60,000 square feet. In 2016, they decided to expand one floor at a time over many years. After some research, the provider chose to use a modular approach adaptive to each floor as it became available. The key point was that they wanted to create flexible exam rooms that could be rearranged at any given moment without a disruption. In the end, the clinic center used 12,000 square feet of fabricated wall for their second floor. After the success and approval of staff and patients, the clinic decided to build additional floors with the same models.”

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Alisa Verratti