COVID-19: Solving the Urgent Need for Emergency Infrastructure

Blog | April 16, 2020

The current COVID-19 public health emergency is placing immense pressure on communities whose infrastructure—hospitals, shelters, hotels, treatment facilities, and more—are quickly nearing capacity. As coronavirus cases continue to rise, so does the need for rapid building solutions.

As a designated essential service, Nomodic is doing its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and support those who are most vulnerable. With experience delivering emergency infrastructure, and with access to a large fleet of existing, ready-to-deploy modular units, Nomodic is uniquely positioned to deliver urgent help to communities.

“We understand that uncertainty has arisen for Canadians amidst this global pandemic, and our priority is to protect the health and wellness of our communities,” said CEO Kevin Read. “We are eager to provide assistance by doing what we know best: building places for those in need.”

Tailored Solutions, Delivered in as Little as a Few Days

Working with provincial governments, Indigenous communities, and municipalities, Nomodic can redeploy existing movable buildings in a matter of days instead of months, or factory-build new facilities in short order. Units can be purpose-built or repurposed to fit essential applications including field hospitals, treatment centres, incarceration quarantining, shelters, and more.

“A modular field office can rapidly become a portable triage centre, testing facility, or quarantine facility.”

“You could say we ‘unlock the potential’ of existing modular units,” said Read. “We can quickly repurpose them for an entirely new use. A modular field office can rapidly become a portable triage centre, testing facility, or quarantine facility.”

As Canada’s largest specialized Construction Management firm dedicated solely to modular and offsite construction, Nomodic and its team of 100+ field staff have helped deliver rapid response shelters following a number of recent emergencies including the High River floods (Alberta, 2013-2015), Fort McMurray wildfires (Alberta, 2016), and Paradise wildfires (California, 2018).

Nomodic also provided full site development and installation services for BC Housing’s Tent City Emergency Shelters (Nanaimo B.C., 2018), where existing transportable modular facilities were rapidly deployed and renovated. The end product was completed in only 70 days (inclusive of site development), and includes 148 beds across two sites.

Tent City Modular Emergency Shelter Case Study 1

Tent City Modular Emergency Shelters (Nanaimo, B.C.)

Streamlined Project Management & Integration

In an emergency, fast and safe delivery of infrastructure is essential. Acting as an integrator and project manager on these past projects has given Nomodic’s team experience with permitting, licensing, and code requirements across Canada, ultimately helping to streamline projects and leading to earlier occupancy.

Or, maybe you already have modular units ready to go and just need a hand with a portion of your project. Nomodic can assist during any phase of the build. We are ready to step in and support with design and engineering, project management, installation and site services, and more.

“Our project management and installation experience helps to avoid the biggest project bottlenecks.”

“Our project management and installation experience helps to avoid the biggest project bottlenecks,” said VP Business Development Steve Nomura. “We have the flexibility and capacity to step in and help other companies with certain project phases. And we can fit in solely as a construction services group if needed.”

Experience Across Canada and the US

In addition to Canadian experience, Nomodic has provided Construction Management and Consultation services to customers in the US, and has worked with FEMA and other US governmental agencies. Past projects have included modular workforce housing and relief housing projects in the states of California, New Mexico, and Texas.

Nomodic has been busy planning and preparing to execute numerous emergency response projects from B.C., through the prairies, to Ontario. Support requests are also being received from major US government emergency and military agencies. Nomodic is more focused than ever to work alongside our trusted partner network, developing integrated delivery solutions in rapid response in this dynamic and challenging environment.

Above all, Nomodic is ensuring its employees, clients, and partner communities remain safe and healthy by implementing protective measures and safety protocols, and by launching a webpage which includes a full COVID-19 response plan and employee resources.

“At this time more than ever we must come together to protect our families, friends, coworkers, and strangers alike. This virus has shown us how interrelated we all are; we’re a global community responsible for the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable,” said Read.

“It’s up to each of us to make and leave things better than we found them.”

If you’re in need of emergency response solutions, contact us today. Our team is ready to help.

For more on Nomodic’s Emergency Response Solutions, click here.

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