As hospitals around the world are reaching capacity, building material distribution in partnership with the design and millwork community is helping to expand medical facilities. Rugby Architectural Building Products of Brooklyn N.Y., teamed with Ingenlzi Interiors Inc. of New York, to provide Tafisa white melamine panels to fabricate nurse’s stations and tables at a temporary hospital set up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USAE) at SUNY Old Westbury, N.Y.
Working through the weekend the Rugby Bronx location supplied Ignelzi Interiors Inc. with the Tafisa melamine needed to convert sites at SUNY Old Westbury into an alternate care facility. Ignelzi Interiors fabricated the 29 nurses stations at 20-feet long each within days, with an additional 27 tables currently under fabrication. The 1,020 beds for various patients located at SUNY Old Westbury emergency hospital are set up in gymnasium and tents, and are part of a statewide effort to expand the maximum number of hospital beds New York has in order to more effectively treat patients as COVID-19 cases continue to climb. Watch the time-lapse footage to see the project being completed.
HDI meets the U.S. federal definition of an essential business and as a result the company, and most of its suppliers and customers, have generally remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Director of Marketing, Gord Clough took note of some positive services, saying “Our employees take great pride in meeting the challenge of providing essential building materials to help expand front line medical facilities, and it gives us an even greater sense of purpose knowing that our products and our people are helping fight COVID-19.”
HDI is taking precautions to protect the health of its over 1350 employees and ensuring its 66 distribution facilities are kept clean and safe. They have instituted a number of policies and procedures including detailed cleaning and disinfecting procedures, social distancing protocols, suspension of air travel, continuing education for employees designed to minimize the chances of infection and spread of the virus, increased work-from-home procedures, and contingency plans in the event a COVID-19 diagnosis is found in one of its facilities.