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Commercial construction improvements build resiliency

If the commercial construction industry learned anything from major weather events –from hurricanes and tornadoes to floods and earthquakes – it’s that the future of medical-facility construction is one that is increasingly dependent on careful planning for resiliency following natural disasters.

From higher floors to higher standards, many New-York-area medical centers – especially those that experienced flooding and extended closures following Superstorm Sandy –are moving “up” in more ways than one.

According to recent ENR coverage, medical facilities like New York University Langone Medical Center, which reopened almost two months after Superstorm Sandy and the nearby Bellevue Hospital Centers, are making infrastructure upgrades to be prepared for the next big severe weather event.

1.  Power Systems – Emergency power systems were moved up two floors or to a 20-foot elevation

2. Elevators – All elevators now stop two floors above the basement

3. Windows – Sills were raised several feet to become less vulnerable

4. Perimeter Walls – Bellevue, which took on more than 7 million gallons of water in its basement during the hurricane, considered adding a permanent flood wall structure to withstand future, and possibly more powerful, storms

These structural improvements and an overall movement toward ‘resilient design,’ which takes into account hyperlocal conditions and scenarios, remind construction professionals everywhere that tapping into local knowledge and expertise as well as exceptional durability over time is critical for the future.

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