Modular Industry Response - 3-23-20 Update
This crisis has really highlighted how fragile our society is and exposed major concerns in our overall building infrastructure.
Today I asked our board chair, Drew Welborn of Whitley Manufacturing to create a COVID Response Task Force that MBI can lean on during these uncertain times. As you can imagine, there are many possible solutions to this problem being floated around. We need to have an organized and coordinated response to take to public policy makers. There is literally billions of dollars of potential building opportunities and millions of people who are potentially at risk.
This task force will continue to solicit input from the industry, streamline the messaging, and make outreach efforts to policy makers at various levels of government. The task force consists of:
Drew Welborn, Whitley Manufacturing
Tom Hardiman and Jon Hannah, MBI staff
Max Perkins, MBI Lobbyist
John Buorgiorno, Axis Construction
Troy Galvin, PCL
Vaughan Buckley, VBC
Colby Swanson, Momentum Innovation Group
Blair Hildahl, Base4 Architects
We have categorized the facility needs into three boxes:
Immediate needs – triage units, testing facilities, emergency swing/surge space, emergency /isolation shelters.
Short to mid term needs – ICU rooms, supplemental care facilities.
Longer term needs – ICU patient rooms, non-critical care facilities, permanent housing needs.
We are compiling industry information and sorting into these three categories. Ultimately, we want to present a handful of solutions to Congress, FEMA and other stakeholders to better standardize the number of designs and limit the number of custom buildings procured. We have created a new landing page accessible from our homepage with additional information.
We ask members to support this unified effort to the greatest extent possible. Our industry has a tremendous opportunity, and responsibility ahead of us.
Stay tuned and stay safe.
Started on March 23, 2020 by Tom Hardiman