Smarthouse to build more isolation centers

Smarthouse Corp. has been offering clients alternative and cost-efficient building materials through the use of prefabricated technology.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infection Diseases (IATF-EID) has tapped the construction firm to build isolation centers nationwide as part of the measures to contain COVID-19.

A 100-percent Filipino company, Smarthouse was also tapped by various local government units to construct local quarantine facilities to isolate confirmed cases, suspects, locally stranded individuals, and returning OFWs.

The company was also tasked to build dormitories for medical personnel to help prevent the families of the frontliners from being infected with the virus.

Prefabricated material of choice is steel, which is strong, enabling framing to span large spaces.

Smarthouse Corp. president and CEO Christopher Malig said the firm has a track record in building the most number of health, isolation and quarantine facilities across the archipelago which gained appreciation from different entities.

“We offer the same products and services to various government agencies and private companies, and they have seen the functionality and durability of these health facilities. This patented technology shifts the focus away from home isolation to community quarantine, as the need for these types of facilities is given top priority by government authorities,” he said.

Prefabricated material of choice is steel, which is strong, enabling framing to span large spaces without the need for support columns or load-bearing walls. This allows total floor plan freedom in designing space.

The medical facilities, which was put together in an average of two weeks, helped contain the spread of COVID-19 in major rural and urban centers across the country.

Among the notable projects the company has undertaken are the testing and dialysis center in Cebu, the Land Transportation Office Testing Center in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, isolation centers in Davao, Samar, and the testing laboratories in Iloilo, Makati, and Pasay.

Together with partners and various LGUs, Smarthouse Corp. continues to fulfill construction requirements for fellow Filipinos.

“Our prefabricated technology has undergone tests and applied engineering expertise and aesthetics to create customizable systems to build decent mass housing, classrooms, dormitories, and similar necessities. This architectural know-how and experience came in handy as we took on the challenge of building thousands of isolation units and health complexes in different localities in record time,” Malig said.

The Quezon City-based firm is a general construction company that can also undertake turnkey projects including allied services, such as civil works, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire and safety for a hassle-free building process for the clients.

“As the pandemic is expected to be around until next year according to authorities, there will be a constant need for the installation of health facilities. We will be a vital partner of the government and all stakeholders in the battle against COVID-19,” Malig said.