In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Health was issued an Executive Order by the Governor to work with healthcare facilities to immediately increase hospital capacity in preparation of an influx of patients.
Following this order, the Maryland Department of General Services contracted to purchase and install STAAT (Strategic Temporary, Acuity-Adaptable Treatment) Mods™ as a self-sustaining, prefabricated modular solution for hospital-quality care. The STAAT Mods concept was created by HGA and The Boldt Company as a prefabricated, modular solution ready for immediate distribution.
Southland Industries was awarded the project to install the STAAT Mod Modular ICU Centers for Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center and UM Prince George’s Hospital Center in Prince George County, Maryland.
With an anticipated escalating demand for treatment space, additional support for medical centers and isolation spaces for patients was needed. The STAAT Mods are compliant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms (AIIR), which are recommended when treating patients with an airborne infectious disease such as COVID-19.
As the only prefabricated solution that has true Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms (AIIRS), the modular units are 7,000 square feet and have 16 private AIIRs that are equipped with medical gases, HVAC, dialysis ports, an electrical panel to accept normal and emergency power, and pre-wiring for IT connections. The rooms are designed with ample space to provide care with access to equipment.
Specifically, the HVAC system has a HEPA-filtered closed-loop system that reduces the chance of patient-to-patient transfer and risk of additional infections to patients. Using negative pressure, the areas surrounding the room are protected.
Once onsite, Southland connected the Mods and installed exterior ductwork for associated air conditioning equipment, natural gas piping was routed in preparation for heating needs later this year, and a plumbing/sprinkler container was installed with incoming domestic water and a full chlorination system.
Through swift collaboration and backed by vast expertise, Southland contributed to the accelerated efforts by working with the other contractors and overall team.
With an evolving health crisis and a condensed timeline, construction was successfully completed in under a month. Completed by the end of May 2020, the project offers 16 additional beds at each location that can be configured for different uses, enabling patients to receive treatment in the applicable isolation rooms.