Mobile Hospital / Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco

Mobile Hospital / Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco

A new hospital typology has been designed by the team of Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco that eliminates the need for a standard hospital. In their design, 58 trailers provide a fully operational, fully mobile 48-bed hospital. The trailers include every aspect of a hospital – from waiting gift shops, to surgical suites with 4 O.R.s, pharmacies and labs. The design is the future of how westernized health care will travel abroad. It is a system that effectively transforms health care for entire regions and countries over time, letting the hospital and care come to the patient.

More about the mobile idea after the break.

Different trailers cater to different medical needs.  For instance, a single unit trailer (or 5-unit suites) would be specifically oriented to some aspect of patient care, such as a Women’s Health Clinic.  This 5-unit clinic could be shut down in one location, mobilized, and re-opened in about 2 to 3 days.  Thus, it would serve as an outreach model for major health care systems.

Other trailers may be outfitted for an imaging suite (including resources to perform an MRI, Mammography, CT Scan and X-Ray scanning, with a supporting nurse station and waiting area), a mobile health clinic ( for general health care including blood draw stations) and even an emergency suite (complete with 2 trauma bays with 8 urgent care beds and an ambulance bay to expand emergency care services for existing facilities).

Another model is the ‘flagship hospital’, a teaching hospital that is sponsored and supported by a university level teaching hospital, educating the local medical population abroad to provide westernized health care.

The trailer complex has been designed to allow the entire hospital to be disassembled, moved to a new location, and re-opened in a mere 2 weeks.

Additional Information:



Overall Healthcare Facility:                  55,380 SF

Entry Lobby, Waiting, Gift Shop:           3,015 SF

On-Call Suite:                                        5,025 SF

- includes mens and womens shower units, mens and womens on-call rooms, and a doctor’s lounge.

Cafeteria, Kitchen and Servery:            4,020 SF

- does not include 2,190 SF dining patio.

Acute Care In-Patient Services:           10,050 SF

- services 48 patient beds.

Emergency Department:                       5,025 SF

- includes two trauma bays, and 8 urgent care beds.

Pharmacy:                                              1,005 SF

Administration/Admitting:                      2,010 SF

Labs/Phlebotomy:                                  2,010 SF

ICU Suite:                                               3,015 SF

- includes 8 patient beds.

Imaging Suite:                                        5,025 SF

- includes an MRI, CT Scan, Mammo., and X-Ray (Radiology).

Surgical Suite:                                       7,035 SF

- includes 4 O.R.s, 4 Pre-Op beds and 4 Recovery beds.

Materials Mgmt / Central Sterile:          3,845 SF

Ambulance Entry:                                  725 SF

Restricted Corridor:                               1,245 SF

Public Corridors:                                    2,330 SF


50 double expandable units

1 single expandable unit

7 linkage corridors.


The building block of advanced mobile healthcare -

Shipping Dimensions:                 8′-0″W x 52′-0″L

Shipping Volume:                       3,385 cubic feet

Expanded Dimensions:               22′-0″W x 52′-0″L

Expanded Volume:                      7,480 cubic feet

5-unit suite Shipping Volume:      16,925 cubic feet

5-unit suite Expanded Volume:    37,400 cubic feet

5-unit suite square footage:        4,738 square feet

Design Team:

HCM – Rolf Haarstad, Chun-Fa Tan, Daniel Umscheid, David Lopez

Spevco – Ben Omensky, Tii Tharpe, Bob Jordan, Luigi Utili

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Mobile Hospital / Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco " 01 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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