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Graeff, the startup that wants to set up modular clinics during and after the pandemic

May 29, 2020

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Graeff, the startup that wants to set up modular clinics during and after the pandemicGraeff, the startup that wants to set up modular clinics during and after the pandemic

With the concern of the architect Alberto Martín del Campo and “a little bit of luck” was how he was born in 1998 Graeff A company dedicated to the construction of prefabricated buildings that wants to build modular clinics during and after the pandemic.

“When watching videos of pre-made topics from other countries, I was concerned that we couldn’t do this in Mexico, and I said that implementing this other construction model was not that complex. Along with this model, my father-in-law was Catalan and lived in the country and he showed me the technologies used in Europe for prefabrication and the truth is that I really liked it, “said Alberto Martín del Campo in an interview with en Español.

Graeff is a company of prefabricated modular buildings that offers the basic elements of a construction and has customers such as Volkswagen, Tec de Monterrey, General Motors, OXXO and Sparkassen.

Modular clinics

They are currently designed for the government of Panama a range of modular and scalable clinics, ie with specific modules such as bed-ridden, hospital ward, clinical area and a service area.

“There are 138 bedridden in Panama, but based on modular, scaled designs, you don’t have to do everything at once, you can do it step by step. The different modules are installed without affecting the operation of the installation.” initially, ”he explains.

Image: Courtesy of Graeff

The first building of a clinic of this kind consists of five modules: administration, clinic, infirmary, bedridden and a dining room. All of them have electrical, hydraulic and sanitary facilities (which require it), walls, floors, windows and doors. The set includes emergency exits, emergency lights, access to ambulances, access to the forensic medical service and the entire building can be moved either in modules or completely at any time.

These designs were created in collaboration with a hospital director to make them as efficient as possible. “The bed-ridden areas are divided into areas for six beds, so that the company’s operations can decide where intensive, moderate and normal therapy is carried out,” explains Alberto.

Graeff also works in partnership to provide these fully equipped clinics with the necessary medical tools and office supplies.

They are also in discussions with public and private institutions in Mexico to offer this product to reduce the hospitalization that is taking place today due to the Covid 19 outbreak.

According to the entrepreneur, the advantages of these designs are that they are manufactured in a facility with much higher speed and quality than the conventional ones, they can be installed safely, quickly and non-invasively and they can be restored and installed elsewhere. That means the buildings can be moved.

Build the future

Take the opportunity to meet a need The next step for Graeff is to be discovered in these times of crisis. Alberto himself notes that personal experience in Mexico’s most remote cities means that no facilities or medical presence are required to deal with emergencies. For this reason, he will bet to take his idea beyond the pandemic and offer these services so that they can be built. Clinics across the country.

Image: shot via Graeff

“This building system, which also allows him to grow based on the growth of the communities, is very useful because it solves both immediate, medium and long-term problems. Not only the immediate problem of contingency, but later you can move the same buildings where they are most needed, “he says.

Alberto is also committed to using telemedicine in these remote modules between an on-call general practitioner and specialists in hospitals with more resources to determine whether patients should be brought to a more comprehensive health center. demanding or specialized.

“With this type of building, we could go one step further in the face of health crises like the one we have today,” Alberto concludes.