Construction of the new US $14m pediatric emergency department at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York, US is now complete. The new 6,500 square foot modular expansion has provided space to add 12 treatment bays, two of which are isolation rooms, dedicated to critical pediatric care. The hospital, which serves approximately 22,000 pediatric patients every year, had outgrown its existing emergency department.

The modular approach

From its inception, the project called for modular components, which allowed the project team to expand the existing facility with minimal impacts to hospital operations from construction staging. According to Ralph Lambert, chief executive officer of Axis Construction Corporation, In traditional construction projects with a limited site footprint, parking spaces are some of the first areas to be occupied by construction activities. This was simply not an option for this facility, which has one of the busiest emergency departments on Long Island.

Modular construction also enabled the project team to create larger corridors and storage alcoves that house the multitude of medical equipment that must support an emergency department, but often encumbers the space. Comprised of 16 modular units, the project’s interiors include large exam rooms with sound rated walls and doors.

The modules were built by MODLOGIQ in neighboring Pennsylvania and were nearing completion as the COVID-19 crisis began to escalate in early March, causing construction sites across the state to shut down. However, since the modules were being fabricated in a controlled facility, the work was allowed to continue.