Metal Roofing Products Key in Health Care Facilities

Health care has been a key item on the Obama Administration’s agenda lately, and the debate about private and public insurance programs is catching the eyes and ears of seemingly everyone in the United States. And with good reason because, depending on what is or isn’t done through future legislation, current health care action will potentially affect every single person in the country for decades to come. Over the past 25 years, I’ve been pleased to see the increasing amount of metal construction products—metal building systems, cold-formed steel stud framing, metal roofing and metal wall panels—that are being used in health care construction sectors, both for new projects and retrofit/renovation. This includes everything from single-practice offices to well-known, multi-story hospitals. In my opinion, there’s a vast potential for metal products in this growing market segment. Let’s face it, as members of the Baby Boomer generation continue to march into their retirement years, there are going to be more ailments that require medical treatment. At the same time, due to an increased emphasis on preventative care, we’re likely to see growing numbers of younger people making regular visits to health care professionals. One thing for certain is that the need for health care facilities has seen remarkable growth over the past decade or two, and there is no apparent end in sight to the need for additional facilities. With a tremendous amount of benefits to offer—from low life-cycle costs to environmental benefits to aesthetics—metal construction products appear poised to play key roles in future health care projects. Shawn Zuver editorial/content director Tags: , , , ,

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