World Housing Solution focuses product development efforts to meet the demands of hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Sanford-based World Housing Solution (WHS) has focused its product development efforts in order to meet the demands of hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company, which makes stable, temporary shelters up to 100,000 square feet in size, is preparing its workforce to be able to scale to meet the demand for extra space and additional rooms at hospitals to isolate COVID-19 patients.

Even under the “moderate” coronavirus scenario, U.S. hospitals will have to more than double the number of beds they provide. And with the entire southeast about to be hit with bad weather, plus summer temperatures in southern states like Florida, traditional hospital tents are not able to weather these storms and conditions. Recent legislature from the federal government can help hospitals pay for extra capacity.

WHS has developed a portable ICU unit, based on it’s reusable modular technology developed for the Department of Defense, in addition to the company’s “quick build” negative pressure or regular hospital room products. These portable units are self-sustaining and generate power through solar panels without the need for an external generator, and can be disinfected and reused.

“We have quite a few [units] available to deploy and we have the ability to increase our production very rapidly, which then obviously we’ll have the ability to bring in and employ a dramatic number of Floridians as the orders come in,” said WHS Founder Ron Ben-Zeev, in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel.

WHS was founded following the disastrous 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which left 1.5 million people homeless. WHS set out to provide an alternative housing solution for emergency relief and impoverished areas. In 2018, WHS was recognized by Inc. 500, ranking #444 of the Top 5000 Companies to Watch, and by GrowFL as one of the top fifty Florida Companies to Watch.