Hospital-based outpatient facilities as well as renovations and expansions to existing hospitals will likely be the focus of most healthcare construction in 2011, according to predictions made by the 196 construction management, general contractor, development and architectural firms participating in the 32nd annual Modern Healthcare Construction and Design Survey.
2010 was rebuilding year, survey finds
Traditionally, healthcare construction rarely stopped once it got started, but 91 companies (46%) reported working on 314 projects that were stopped at least temporarily last year. Of those, 48 companies (52.7%) reported working on 98 projects that stalled and then restarted again in 2010. In last year's survey, 116 (62.4%) of the 186 participating companies reporting working on a total of 575 projects where work was stopped or postponed in 2009. Of those, 135 projects were reported to have restarted in 2009. In this year's survey, participants reported to be involved with 105 projects where work stopped in 2009 and restarted in 2010.
Also, 45 companies (23%) reported working on foreign projects last year. Of those, 22 (47%) said their foreign workload increased in 2010. Countries listed by the most companies were: United Arab Emirates, 15; China, 13; United Kingdom, nine; and India, seven.
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