Total ICF continues to deliver articles on how the use of insulated concrete forms is superior to traditional building methods for a wide variety of construction projects in Alberta. We’ve touched on residential homes, hotels, retail businesses, schools, and even panic rooms. That list continues to grow with the addition of medical facilities. The latter stands neck and neck with schools when it comes to community implications of a successful (or otherwise) build. Find out why insulated concrete forms are being used for buildings where the health and welfare of patients is at stake.
4 Reasons Why Your Upcoming Medical Building Should Incorporate ICF
1. Meet the Demand for More Medical Facilities, Faster
The public continues to call for more health care clinics, hospitals, and facilities. The supply struggles to meet this demand. When planning the build, be it municipal, provincial, or private, it is in your best interests to complete the project on-schedule for the simple fact that it is in the best interests of the local and surrounding community. ICF can make this happen faster than any other building method. Ready-made for quick construction, your crew and subcontractors will be able to lay the foundation, pour the concrete, and erect the facility in time to accept patients, visitors, and staff alike.
2. Patient Comfort
The comfort of short or long-stay patients is the most important consideration when planning to build a medical facility. Look no further for an example than a recent NUDURA project which constructed a geriatric facility in New Hampshire. The technologically advanced thermal resistance offered by ICF equates a much more agreeable year-round temperature without having to tap into excessive artificial air conditioning and heating. Patients can relax, recover, and recuperate in comfort whether their stay is in the middle of winter, the thick of summer, or through any of the four seasons. Municipal, provincial, and private interests will also appreciate the lower ongoing utility expenditure than comes with this level of thermal resistance.
3. Safety of Medical Records, Equipment, and Patients Alike
Healthcare facilities are home to sensitive documents, medical records, equipment and supplies. Loss from earthquakes, wind storms, water damage, and fires can be irreparable. Then of course there are patients and on-site staff that are there through the night, day after day. These individuals may not have the ability to pick up and relocate to safer quarters should any of the above natural or accidental disasters occur. Building the facility with ICF provides an unmatched layer of protection that includes sturdy, weather resistant, and non-combustle EPS concrete blocks and forms.
4. Healthier for Patients and the Environment
ICF is the preferred choice of building for commercial, industrial, and municipal enterprises seeking LEED certification. This is especially notable for healthcare facilities. Because Total ICF NUDURA products do not emit CFC’s or HCFC’s they provide improved indoor air quality. The better the air quality, the better the conditions for patients. But let’s take it a step further in this direction. Our NUDURA ICFs have been thoroughly laboratory tested. These tests show that the products do not support mold growth unlike traditional wood frame structures. Once again we see that ICF provides a healthier indoor environment. Imagine the difference, in particular for those with respiratory problems.
Make the right choice before you build a medical facility in Alberta. Contact Total ICF today.