Ferrovial is intensifying the fight against coronavirus COVID-19 by strengthening its cooperation with the Administration, both by performing its regular activities and also by providing its capabilities and resources on a pro bono basis. In its capacity as a construction company and also as a service provider and innovator, the company is working on a number of initiatives to curb the pandemic.
One is converting public buildings, such as sports pavilions and trade fairs, into healthcare facilities. It is working with the Madrid Regional Government’s Ministry of Health and the Military Emergency Unit (UME) to install a field hospital in IFEMA, Madrid’s trade fair, in order to deal with the large number of cases of coronavirus in the region. Ferrovial professionals are assembling 500 beds in the facility, which will ultimately hold 5,500 beds, making it the largest hospital in Europe.
Also, through its procurement channels, the company has placed an initial order for respirators that will be donated to hospitals. Additional orders are pending certification by the health authorities in order to proceed to manufacturing and delivery.
Construction capacity to fight a pandemic
The company has also offered to build a field hospital with capacity for 250 ICU beds. It has also mobilized its construction and design capabilities to build fast testing centers. The designs will enable 10 such centers to be built in 48 hours anywhere in the country.
Innovation at the service of the authorities
Ferrovial is also working on a pro bono basis, alongside such companies as Telefónica, Goggo Network and Google, under the leadership of Carto, ForceManager and Mendesaltaren, at the service of the Madrid Regional Government and the Government of Spain to develop the www.coronamadrid.com website.
And the company’s Digital Hub is working with a “maker” initiative to create assisted breathing devices using 3D printing and electronics.
So far, two prototypes have been built and will commence hospital tests early this week. The group includes teams from other companies as well as a community of 300 makers, doctors, etc.
Ferrovial is also participating in a group at the Jaén Technology Park using 3D printing to make personal protection equipment such as masks and face shields.
Ferrovial continues to deliver its services, which are classified as essential, after the declaration of the state of alarm due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These critical services include ambulance transport, hospital maintenance and cleaning, street cleaning, and waste collection and treatment, all of which are essential for day-to-day operations.
Ferrovial professionals serve more than 25 million citizens throughout Spain. Over 8,000 employees work in the healthcare area, handling health emergency phone lines, providing cleaning and disinfection, and maintaining the country’s main hospitals and health centers, totaling more than 40,000 beds. The company’s employees also run ambulances, medical emergency response and home telecare services.