Sumter Regional Interim Hospital
In the aftermath of an EF3 tornado, officials in Americus, Georgia, discovered the Sumter Regional Hospital had been badly damaged and could no longer offer services. Patients had to drive 50 miles or further to receive medical care. A viable solution was needed quickly. The county realized it did not have the luxury of waiting 24 to 36 months for a traditionally conceived hospital to be built.
Architects were given the challenge to design a structure that had the look and feel of a permanent medical facility but could be up and running in a very short amount of time. The goal was to offer high quality patient care in a setting that also felt like it belonged to the community
For a solution, architects turned to COGIM, an Italian company that manufactures prefabricated modular units. Up to this point, these units had never been used in the US but were primarily used around the world as temporary military facilities.
Exterior finishes for the hospital were strategically chosen to have a permanent appearance. Once the modular units were placed side-by-side, they were connected and transformed into a 75,000 square-foot seamless advanced healthcare facility.
Interior materials chosen for the interim hospital were very durable. Mechanical equipment was installed on stand-alone frames so it could be redeployed and not wasted at decommissioning. The majority of the project was recyclable.
Sumter Regional Hospital