As the global pandemic descended on North America, passionate
conversations ignited the creation of a modular, ready-to-use solution for
COVID-19 screening and testing that would allow communities to reopen.
A multi-disciplinary team of industry leaders led by
Citizen Care Pods Corporation, WZMH Architects and PCL Construction
collaborated with Insight Enterprises and Microsoft to bring the Citizen Care Pod from concept to completion in less
than a month.
A true demonstration of the entrepreneurial spirit during
the coronavirus pandemic and a unique opportunity in the design and
construction industry, the partners came together to develop a prototype
without solicitation by a client, but with an end user in mind – citizens
across the world.
“At PCL, we anticipate challenges and are proactive in developing
solutions that make construction safer, more efficient and more sustainable,”
said Bob Hopfenberg, Vice President, National Business Development. “The Citizen Care
Pod’s modular construction and integrated technology make it a sustainable,
plug-and-play solution that can be rapidly deployed to support the safe
reopening of our economy.”
The smart screening and testing pod integrates intelligent
technology within a modular design to support a safe, responsible recovery for
governments, businesses, and communities around North America and the world.
PCL is manufacturing and assembling the pods by retrofitting
20-foot and 40-foot shipping containers with customizable options to support
rapid delivery and installation to any site, including high-traffic and remote
Equipped with a suite of intelligent, customizable
technologies powered by the trusted Microsoft Azure cloud platform and Azure
AI, the Citizen Care Pod incorporates Insight’s Connected Platform and PCL’s Job Site Insights™ Internet of Things hubs to enable
safety and security in the physical testing environment.
With its customizable features, the Citizen Care Pod makes
COVID-19 testing mobile for any high-traffic business or community to expedite
testing, screening, and eventually vaccination on mass scale to support a
MODULAR TOOL KIT OF
The escalating pressures of the pandemic requires solutions
that can be rapidly deployed with ready-to-use and energy efficient operations,
making modular construction a valuable manufacturing technique to respond to
the needs of COVID-19.
By vertically integrating as both general contractor and
manufacturer, PCL is bridging the gap of buildings, industrialization and
digital technology in a systematic, process-driven mentality to integrate
modular solutions into all types and scales of projects.
Based on our extensive modular and prefabrication
manufacturing experience, PCL is developing a modular toolkit of solutions that
are quick to market while offering levels of customization as well as rapid
manufacturing and deployment. PCL has multiple functions developed and in
concept to assist in the provision of safe solutions, including the Citizen
Care Pod, the Quaran-Tin
Pod, modular handwashing stations, portable health facilities and office
To expedite solutions across North America, PCL is
manufacturing the Citizen Care Pod at its facilities located in Toronto (Ontario),
Nisku (Alberta), Bakersfield (California), Houston (Texas) and Lake Charles
(Louisiana) in addition to other markets across the U.S.
RANGE OF APPLICATIONS
The customizable and portable structure is a ready-to-use
solution for large-scale businesses, public works, sports and entertainment
venues, airports, transit centers and more to support economic recovery.
The Citizen Care Pod has applications beyond the COVID-19
pandemic, including the option to add capabilities for testing and screening
for flu season and viral outbreaks and delivering vaccines, and can be further
augmented to address future public health needs.
Could the Citizen Care Pod serve as a responsible solution
for your safe return to work and play? Click
here to learn more or to contact us for more information. Watch
the Citizen Care Pod video.