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The application of steel structure in the construction healthcare facilities

09-16-2023

In the realm of healthcare facilities, the construction of safe, efficient, and adaptable structures is of paramount importance. Steel structures have emerged as a popular choice in the construction of healthcare facilities due to their numerous advantages. This article shall explore the application of steel structures in the construction of healthcare facilities and highlight the benefits that make steel an ideal material for such projects.

1. An overview of the steel structure

Steel structures are a type of building that uses steel as the main material for support and framing. Steel buildings have become more and more popular due to a number of advantages such as strength, durability, flexibility and so on.

First of all, steel structures are strong and durable, so they are suitable for constructions that require large space like warehouses, factories, and so on. Besides, their ability to resist fire, seismic force, etc means that they can provide a high level of safety and security. Steel material is also flexible, making it easy to be shaped into configurations that meet the demands of building owners.  

On top of that, steel construction time is shorter and costs are lower compared to that of other buildings. Steel is also considered a sustainable material, which is completely suitable for the trend of sustainability in the construction field.

2. The importance of steel structures in the construction of healthcare facilities

Steel structures offer numerous advantages in the construction of healthcare facilities. Here are some key benefits:

2.1 Structural integrity and safety

Healthcare facilities demand robust structures capable of withstanding diverse loads and ensuring the safety of doctors and patients. Steel structures offer exceptional strength and durability, making them well-suited for healthcare construction. Steel's high tensile strength allows for the creation of large open spaces and the incorporation of intricate designs without compromising structural integrity. 

The construction of Medcor hospital - Myanmar
The construction of Medcor hospital - Myanmar

2.2 Speed and efficiency

The construction of healthcare facilities often requires adherence to strict timelines. Steel structures allow for faster construction, minimizing disruptions to ongoing medical operations and reducing inconvenience for patients and staff.

2.3 Adaptability

Healthcare facilities need to constantly adapt to changing medical technologies, evolving patient needs, and emerging healthcare practices. Steel structures offer inherent flexibility, enabling easy reconfiguration and expansion of the facility without compromising its structural integrity. This adaptability ensures that healthcare facilities can easily meet future demands and stay at the forefront of medical advancements.

2.4 Design versatility

Steel structures provide architects and designers with immense freedom to create innovative and visually appealing healthcare facilities. The material's strength-to-weight ratio facilitates the construction of large column-free spaces, enabling the creation of spacious areas for different departments.

Construction of pharmacy factory
Construction of pharmacy factory

2.5 Cost-effectiveness

While the upfront cost of steel structures may be higher than traditional construction methods, their long-term cost-effectiveness is notable. Steel's durability minimizes maintenance and repair expenses. 

3. Application of steel structure in the construction of healthcare facilities

Along with reinforced concrete and composite structures, steel structures are widely applied for the construction of healthcare facilities:

3.1 Hospitals

Hospitals are large, complex healthcare facilities that offer a comprehensive range of medical services. They typically have various departments, serving a wide range of functions, from routine check-ups and outpatient services to critical care and major surgeries. Steel frame systems incorporated in hospitals provide the buildings with the necessary strength to support multiple floors, large atriums, and complex architectural features. The steel structure also allowed for efficient construction and facilitated the incorporation of advanced medical technology and specialized care facilities.

The construction of Pathein hospital - Myanmar
The construction of Pathein hospital - Myanmar

3.2 Clinics

Clinics are healthcare facilities that provide medical care on an outpatient basis. They are usually smaller in scale compared to hospitals and may focus on specific medical specialties or offer general medical services. The steel structure enabled the creation of large open spaces, facilitating efficient workflow in the clinics.

3.3 Nursing homes and long-term care facilities

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are residential settings that provide medical care, assistance, and support services for individuals who require long-term or specialized care. These facilities cater to the elderly, individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities, and those in need of rehabilitation care. The steel frame provides the necessary structural integrity and offers a spacious and flexible environment to accommodate various nursing and care facilities

3.4 Emergency healthcare facilities

Emergency healthcare facilities are specialized facilities designed to provide immediate medical care and treatment to individuals inhabiting places life-threatening conditions. These facilities play a critical role in responding to medical emergencies, stabilizing patients, and initiating necessary interventions before transferring them to appropriate levels of care. The use of steel allowed for faster construction, ensuring timely completion and readiness for emergency cases.

The construction of emergency healthcare facility
The construction of emergency healthcare facility

Above is some information regarding application of steel structure in the construction of healthcare facilities. Hopefully, this article has provided you with useful information. Visit BMB Steel’s website to read more about pre-engineered steel buildings and steel structures. You can also contact us for design consulting and steel production service.

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