Njood Bokhari created design proposal for a buildable COVID-19 testing station and lab facility to help hospitals manage the pandemic.
The United States health care system has been put under tremendous pressure since the outbreak of COVID-19 reached the states earlier this year.
According to the American Hospital Association, the influx of critical patients has forced hospitals and the health system to adapt new operations to best fight the pandemic. Some of these transformations include creating field hospitals, converting large centers, hotels, arenas or closed hospitals into care sites and implementing safe testing locations.
Interior architecture student Njood Bokhari found her own way to potentially help hospitals.
CONT + AID is a hybrid structure facility that serves as a COVID-19 testing station and lab facility – which hospitals can build directly on-site in as little as two to five days. The design of the hybrid structure allows space for intensive care units, exam and treatment rooms, quarantine and isolation units and even surge space for non-critical patients.
The design of the facility is made up of 10-foot shipping containers and prefabricated expandable units. The setup of the structure is designed to be quite simple with minimal on-site preparation, so hospitals can construct it quickly and efficiently, or even move it if the need arises.
The shipping containers make up the central staff corridors and six to eight prefabricated expandable units surround the staff zone to house the patients. According to Bokhari, this set-up helps limit the spread of infection and keep the different units isolated from each other.