Article: The Benefits of Prefabricated Healthcare Facilities

Yours truly attended the recent launch of the industry group prefabAUS, and was asked to contribute to the online article below.


An increased focus on sustainability and the use of building information modeling (BIM) in the construction industry has resulted in a growing trend toward prefabrication and modularization in health care facility construction.

The recently-released SmartMarket Report on Prefabrication and Modularization by McGraw-Hill Construction estimated that prefabrication and modularization would be used by 45 per cent of building industry professionals this year for healthcare facility design. This figure is up from 37 per cent in 2011.

The reason for the surge in growth in healthcare projects comes from the demand for more and larger facilities which can remain open while construction takes place. The off-site construction method allows minimal disruption to the day-to-day operation of the facilities and fewer site disturbances.

With the incorporation of prefabrication in the construction of contemporary buildings rapidly increasing, the industry now has a peak representative body, PrefabAUS.

Launched last week in Melbourne, a key focus for PrefabAUS is to represent, showcase and advance Australia’s prefabricated building industry through collaboration, innovation and education.

The evening was attended by supporters, partners and proponents of prefabrication. A series of launch events are planned in the near future with Sydney, Perth and Brisbane event dates being announced shortly.

The Australian Health Design Council (AHDC) took part in the launch and was represented by its partnerships manager, Matt Rumbelow.

“Given the importance placed on prefabrication within modern health facility design, construction and procurement, the AHDC is keen to provide industry representation for PrefabAUS and promotion of this important industry initiative,” said Rumbelow.

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