Losberger De Boer Delivers First Social Distancing Space Solutions To Support Reopening Plans
Leading global supplier of temporary structures, Losberger De Boer, is supporting organisations in the UAE and worldwide who are adapting to the new social distancing norm while working. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), social distancing, or physical distancing, is one of the most important tools in the fight against COVID-19, and businesses who require extra space to follow guidelines are searching for solutions that can be operational quickly – and safely.
Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health ran computer simulations to model the different ways the pandemic could evolve. Their results showed by strictly adhering to social distancing rules, along with intensive testing and contact tracing of new infections, containing the spread of a virus is possible. However, the researchers believe that, given the current number of confirmed cases, this outcome is unlikely and, therefore, some form of social distancing will need to exist for many months, if not years, until a vaccine is available.
Losberger De Boer offers a range of rapidly deployable structures that can be used for extra office space, additional meeting rooms, a temporary canteen or dining area, or even a temporary workshop or production space. Waleed Khaled, Losberger De Boer Middle East’s regional sales director, explained how these solutions can assist organisations who are ready to get back to work but are short on space: “For many companies, it’s going to be very challenging to get employees back into the current infrastructure while ensuring there is enough space between them. From schools to offices and manufacturing facilities to sales centres, many organisations simply do not have enough extra space in the workplace to allow everyone to work while maintaining a two-metre distance between employees.
“Businesses need to take measures to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed to prevent outbreaks. For example, desks may need to be moved further apart, aisles widened and dining facilities reconfigured, so they accommodate fewer people. This is even more complex for manufacturing facilities, where you have to factor in heavy machinery that cannot be easily moved. Many hospitality, retail and education sectors will also need to find ways to create additional space. In almost every sector, business owners are asking themselves how they can adapt to the new social distancing reality without it having an adverse effect on their revenue.”
With a comprehensive range of modular solutions, Losberger De Boer offers companies an array of options to temporarily create the additional space required to comply with physical distancing guidelines. Both off-the-shelf and fully customisable structures are available, and construction can often begin within days or even hours of receiving an enquiry. Temporary and semi-permanent solutions can be operational within days in many cases, enabling businesses to maximise operations.
Khaled explained the practical benefits of the company’s temporary space solutions: “For commercial activities, we can install additional, fully-equipped offices at current commercial buildings. We can also build larger, external meeting rooms so teams can meet face-to-face in a safe way. Workshops and production facilities can be expanded, and these solutions can easily be scaled up or down, offering companies maximum flexibility. For the aviation industry, we can increase the number of terminals or install additional hangars. In schools and universities, extra classrooms and lecture halls can be added.
“Looking further forward, our space solutions will assist recreation and event venues by providing more space so visitors can attend in the safest way possible. The modularity of our structures means we can provide almost any configuration at any size. No matter what businesses require, we can provide a solution that is going to meet that demand.”
Many of Losberger De Boer’s solutions are already being used around the world to help governments, educational institutions and schools, organisations and retail outlets create more space and ramp up operations. For example, Losberger De Boer provided a dining hall to Pall Medistad, which is part of Pall Corporation, the world’s largest and most diverse filtration, separations and purifications company. The temporary canteen was placed on the company’s grounds in the Netherlands. The Alu Hal Frame was equipped with glass window panels, carpet, decorative lighting, heating and electricity, combining functionality with décor. The addition of this separate temporary structure, which is connected to the existing building via Losberger De Boer’s Walkway structures, has enabled employees the opportunity to enjoy their lunch break together whole adhering to physical distancing guidelines.
In the USA, Losberger De Boer has provided mobile drive-through test sites, allowing hospitals and medical facilities to test potential patients outside of their main buildings, thereby ensuring patients are being seen in the safest way possible. Building these structures can often begin shortly after initial contact and can be fully operational within only a few hours.
Losberger De Boer has over 80 structures in its range, and these can be fully customised to meet the requirements of many, if not all, projects. They are fully-scalable and can be adapted to meet the needs of a diverse range of sectors, including commercial, education, healthcare, storage and warehouses, manufacturing and accommodation.