Hospital vs Clinic
Within healthcare construction, there are two separate sectors. These two sectors, or two types of buildings, are hospitals and clinics. Hospitals are classified as I Occupancy, meaning that they are classified as an institution. Construction companies must follow a specific set of standards when building Occupancy buildings. Clinics, on the other hand, are classified as being B Occupancy. B Occupancy buildings are classified as being businesses, rather than institutions. In healthcare construction, hospital construction is the more expensive out of these two kinds of construction.
There are a few factors that contribute to this. For one, there is a higher level of scrutiny on the work for hospitals and this requires more funds directed towards different health and safety measures. Hospitals are also built with more infrastructure than clinics. They are usually built out of denser and sturdy materials like steel or concrete. Hospitals also require more advanced electrical and mechanical equipment to function and provide patient care. All in all, the stakes are higher when it comes to hospital construction than clinic construction.