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Local firm designs Wuhan hospital in 10 hours

CONSTRUCTION has begun on the largest makeshift hospital in Wuhan, designed by a Shanghai municipal institute in mere hours.

The Changjiangxincheng District Cabin Hospital, under construction in Wuhan’s Hongqiao Group Industrial Park, will consist of 20 mobile cabins and more than 3,000 beds to treat novel coronavirus carriers with mild symptoms.

Construction commenced last Saturday and is scheduled to be completed next Tuesday.

To meet the demanding schedule, Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute completed the design in less than 10 hours.

The institute received the urgent task from the Changjiangxincheng District’s construction and investment group at 8pm last Friday along with a request for a finished design before 6am the next day.

It quickly organized a design team of 44 senior architects and civil engineers and began working immediately.

The blueprint was optimized based on newly released makeshift-hospital standards for Wuhan and modified to ensure safety.

Several of the institute’s most experienced engineers were brought in after midnight to help solve an assortment of challenges.

The team reevaluated the design at 4:15am and delivered the final design on time at 6am.

“No one felt tired after working overnight,” said Liu Jun, head of the design team. “Not a single second can be wasted during the race against the virus.”

The blueprint was then sent to Li Wei and Zhu Wei, two engineers with the institute’s Wuhan branch, who then rushed to the building site to guide construction.

Designers in Shanghai offer round-the-clock assistance via video conferences.

The first batch of construction trucks entered the given site at 8am last Friday.

Construction calls for renovating large warehouses in the industrial park.

The complex includes large swaths of greenery and is positioned far from vehicle traffic.

Wuhan has built 11 temporary hospitals at convention centers, stadiums and universities to treat carriers with mild symptoms.

These temporary cabin hospitals have added more than 20,000 beds to the city’s overstretched medical facilities.


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