Why Prefab Construction: Modular Solutions Meet the Need for Speed in Healthcare


While it goes without saying, the healthcare industry experienced previously unimaginable challenges and demands over the past year. As urgent shifts in priorities directly impacted construction methods, healthcare facilities turned to innovative solutions to meet needs and increase capacities. Building Design + Construction reports that “healthcare, in fact, was one of the few nonresidential building types that showed year-to-year increases in construction spending over the first 10 months of 2020,” according to Census Bureau estimates.

To address the urgent need for flexible space and increase capacity for isolation rooms now and in the future, healthcare leaders and facility managers are increasingly turning to modular building methods for quick, efficient and effective solutions. Prefab manufacturers are rising to the moment and pushing the boundaries of what’s doable, from design and production to delivery and installation. For example, SurePods and its prefab partners DPR Construction and Digital Building Components are able to erect an entire semi-permanent hospital wing in just four weeks.

Thanks to state-of-the-art equipment and a factory-controlled environment, rapidly deployable modular solutions are also well-suited to meet healthcare facilities’ long-term needs. Modular building methods not only provide more control over costs, quality and construction schedules, but also reduce labor and disturbances on existing hospital campuses. Project demand shows healthcare facilities are taking note of these advantages. Case in point, prior to 2020, SurePods had already completed more than 2,000 hospital bathrooms for six different hospitals. By April 2020, more than 1,600 additional hospital bathroom pods were in some stage of production or pre-con for nine new hospitals across the United States. In fact, several healthcare networks have further simplified their construction processes by standardizing SurePods’ patient bathroom designs systemwide.

The healthcare industry’s swift adoption of modular building methods continues to push the boundaries of prefab construction. If SurePods’ modular bathroom pods or rapid deployment solutions sound like a match for your healthcare project, let’s talk. Contact us at [email protected].

Women in Construction Week

Happy Women’s History Month and Women in Construction Week from SurePods! During the week of March 7, 2021, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) celebrates the increasingly important role women play in the construction industry and focuses on highlighting opportunities for Women in Construction (WIC) in local communities.

As the modular construction industry continues to thrive, SurePods honors and recognizes the important role women play in our company’s success. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 10.3% of America’s construction workers are women, we proudly employ more than triple the industry average – approximately 32% of the SurePods team are women.

With safe working conditions and ample opportunities growth, find out why SurePods is uniquely positioned to offer women rewarding career paths in the prefab manufacturing industry:

Safer, improved working conditions

Most modular building takes place at ground-level, which largely eliminates the likelihood of injury caused by overhead debris. Those who enjoy working with their hands appreciate the stability of the factory floor, and anyone with a fear of heights is freed from worry that comes with working several stories above ground.

Empowering and efficient operations

With the absence of rain, sun and other harsh weather conditions, the factory setting offers a more comfortable and predictable work environment. Bringing construction indoors to a climate-controlled setting also presents more opportunity gain experience working with cutting-edge equipment. Like other modular facilities, SurePods’ multitude of automated systems contribute to the unmatched efficiency of the manufacturing process. Tasks that literally require heavy lifting are simplified with automation. For example, handling gypsum in the field typically requires two people. In plants like SurePods, manufacturers add vacuum lifters that require only one person to operate.

Rewarding career paths

With safer and better working conditions, employees are empowered to put their best foot forward and find satisfaction in purpose-driven work. Hospitals with modular components that improve accessibility help those of all ages and ability levels receive the best care possible; prefabricated student housing provides more affordable, sustainable living environments for the next generation. Regardless of the application, the opportunities for rewarding career paths in continue to grow as the construction industry evolves.

Follow SurePods on LinkedIn for the latest job openings and network with Women in Construction in your local community by visiting www.nawic.org.