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Hospital del Mar in Barcelona had to adapt to the surge in demand for beds in hospitalization and UCI beds due to the emergency. However, contrary to the strategy of expanding to facilities in other locations, Hospital del Mar has built a contingency plan to reorganize internally and grow to neighbouring buildings enhanced by a flexible architectural design and a cohesive urban organization.

On the one hand, the clear spatial relations and modular design of Building B allowed a fast deployment of 50 beds in one of treatment areas of the Day Hospital and other 70 beds set up on the first floor, in a large open area reserved for future offices. The buildings´ flexibility to adapt to the new program has been possible by a clear plan layout of areas for treatment, circulations and technical and service spaces, as well as the gas and electrical connections already in place to support this shift. The buildings’ modular structure favors open spaces and naturally lighted rooms, making the experience of the new and transferred patient less stressful. Moreover, the building incorporates an air quality monitoring system developed in collaboration with Pinearq, a prototype solution that can provide real-time data of environmental health and insight for protocols in future pandemics.

On the other hand, the hospital had to expand outside its walls to add temporary hospitalization wards for coronavirus patients. A team made of the Hospital del Mar, the municipal government, the local fire department and Doctors without borders (MSF), with the support of Pinearq, coordinated all the work to deploy and technically connect these provisional facilities at the Municipal spost center, located in basement -3 of the PRBB building.

You can read the original article on the SALUS website.