In February 2020, China quickly built two hospitals in Wuhan to treat COVID-19 patients. What happened to these hospitals? HMC’s Design Principal Raymond Pan spoke with National Public Radio (NPR) about the effectiveness of these “instant hospitals” and whether the model can be adopted by other countries.

In 2011, HMC designed Shunde Hospital of Southern Medical University in China in response to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from 2002 to 2003. Shunde Hospital’s design allows the facility to easily isolate any part of the building should an infectious disease outbreak occur. Many of the lessons learned in this design are relevant in today’s current pandemic. As part of HMC’s ongoing research effort to better understand the long-term effects COVID-19 and develop solutions for our healthcare clients’ challenges, the firm has recently released a series of white papers focused on COVID-19 as it relates to five main areas of Technology, Adaptability and Flexibility, Regulatory/Budgetary/Institutional Impacts, Space Needs Restructuring, and Impact to Wellness/Mental Health. By connecting intelligence and insight with creativity, HMC is able to advance innovation to bring clients the future of design.

Read the full article to read more about Pan’s thoughts on China’s instant hospitals.