Graeff, the startup that wants to create modular clinics for during and after the pandemic

Through fast-armed buildings they want to bring health facilities to all parts of Mexico.

With the concern of the architect Alberto Martín del Campo and “a little luck”, Graeff was born in 1998,a company dedicated to building prefabricated buildings that wants to manufacture modular clinics during and after the pandemic. 

“Watching videos from other countries of prefabricated issues I had the concern why in Mexico we could not do it, and I said well it is not so complex to implement this different model of construction, coupled with this my father-in-law was Catalan and came to reside in the country and he showed me the technologies that were used in Europe for prefabrication, and the truth is that I really liked it, “says Alberto Martín del Campo in an interview with Entrepreneur in Spanish. 

Graeff is a company of prefabricated modular buildings which offers the basic elements of a construction and has clients such as Volkswagen, Tec de Monterrey, General Motors, OXXO, Savings Pharmacies, among others. 

Modular Clinics 

Currently, they designed for the Government of Panama a series of modular and scalable clinics, that is, with specific modules, such as bedridden, infirmary, clinical area and a service area. 

“In Panama there are 138 bedridden, but based on modular constructions that are scaled then you do not have the need to acquire everything in one go but you can do it in stages, the different modules are installed without affecting the operation of the installation initial ”, he explains. 

Image: Courtesy of Graeff 

The initial building of a clinic of this type comes with five modules which are: the administrative, clinical, infirmary, bedridden and a dining hall. All of them have electrical, hydraulic and sanitary installations (those that demand it), walls, floors, windows and doors. The set includes emergency exits, emergency lamps, ambulance access, access for the Forensic Medical Service and the entire building can be relocated at any time, either by module or in its entirety.

These designs were made in conjunction with a hospital director to make them as efficient as possible. “The bedridden areas are divided into areas for six beds so that in this case the company’s operation can choose where it puts intensive, intermediate and normal therapy,” explains Alberto. 

Additionally, Graeff is working in partnerships to deliver these fully equipped clinics with the necessary medical tools and office supplies. 

Likewise, they are in talks with public and private entities within Mexico to offer this product with the aim of alleviating the hospital occupation that is taking place today due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

According to the entrepreneur, the advantages of these constructions are that they are manufactured in a plant with much more speed and quality than the traditional ones, they are installed in a safe, fast and non-invasive way, and they can be recovered and installed elsewhere, that is, the buildings are relocatable. 

Build the future 

Seizing the opportunity to fill a identified need in these times of crisis is the next step for Graeff. Alberto himself comments that due to personal experience in the most remote towns of Mexico, there are no facilities or medical presence necessary to attend emergencies, for this reason he will bet on taking his idea beyond the pandemic and offering these services so that they can be built. clinics across the country. 

Image: Capture via Graeff

“This building system that also allows it to grow based on how communities are growing, is very useful as it solves both immediate and medium and long-term problems. Not only the immediate issue of contingency, but later, you can relocate these 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 specialist doctors in hospitals with more resources, so that it can be determined whether patients should be sent to a more comprehensive health center. sophisticated or specialized. 

“Having this type of buildings could make us go one step further in the face of health crises like the current one,” concludes Alberto.

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