“Instead of first building the foundation and then following up with the superstructure (ie. the steel frame, the building, and the cladding), prefabricated units allow the construction of the foundation and the building envelope to take place in parallel.
“So the pre-fabricated element, which would be the Lego blocks that you would can see being craned in, are actually fabricated off-site in a factory at the same time the foundations are being prepared on-site.”
The panic-built Huoshenshan hospital was also modeled on the blueprints of a medical facility which was set up in Beijing in 2003 to help tackle the SARS epidemic, which also helped speed up the construction process, according to Quartz.
Chinese state media has also given a lot of credit to the more than 7,500 laborers, who worked around the clock to construct the hospital.
Online footage by CGNT, shows workers saying: “We have been working here for nine days. We have only slept for two hours in three days.”
But many still appeared happy to lend their help. In the same CGNT footage, another worker said: “When disaster strikes help comes from all sides. I am a Wuhan resident. It is my duty to protect my hometown.”
Robert Yates, an internationally-recognized expert on universal health coverage (UHC) said at a press conference on Tuesday that the rapid speed at which the hospital was built can be “can be a lesson to many.”
“In situations like this, you need the state to step in. A privately-financed health system would never achieve something like this. So it is a great advertisement for a publicly-financed health system,” Yates said, Business Insider’s Sinéad Baker reported.
China is also building a second hospital just 25 miles away from Huoshenshan, which will also be dedicated to the treatment of coronavirus patients and is scheduled to accept its first patients on Wednesday.