Coronavirus Pushes Construction of New Hospitals

Coronavirus Pushes Construction of New Hospitals

February 20, 2020

How long did it take project manager, Fang Xiang, to build a 645,000 square foot hospital with beds for 1,000 corona virus patients in Wuhan, China?

Using a team of 7,000 workers laboring around the clock, the monumental task was completed in just ten days.  About 1,400 military doctors and medical staff, many of whom worked with SARS patients in the past, have been brought in to help treat the patients.

Additional posts on OM in the News discussing the coronavirus and supply chain management can be found here.


Video Spotlight: Time-Lapse Video shows Around-The-Clock Construction Of Chinese Virus Hospitals


This post is based on the NBC News article, China’s coronavirus hospital built in 10 days opens its doors, state media says, by Yuliya Talmizan, February 3, 2020, and the YouTube video, Time-Lapse Video shows Around-The-Clock Construction Of Chinese Virus Hospitals, by NBC News, January 31, 2020. Image source: sfam_photo/Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What special challenges did Xiang face in the rush to build this project?

Guidance: Xiang reported that normally it would take at least a month to build a temporary facility of this size, and two years would be required to build a Continue reading

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Straight to the Moon, Adidas

Straight to the Moon, Adidas

December 8, 2019

Adidas is partnering with the International Space Station to perform product testing in a microgravity environment to improve soccer ball and shoe design. Sustainability is also being studied to account for reuse of every gram of material.

Adidas hopes to learn how to improve sustainable manufacturing as a result of this partnership.


Video Spotlight:


This post is based on the CNN article, Adidas is partnering with the International Space Station to test products in space, by Allen Kim, November 5, 2019, and the YouTube videos in the Video Spotlight. Image source: NASA.

Discussion Questions:

1. Jeff Bezos has a vision of manufacturing on the Moon, given the possibilities noted in the article.  How does Adidas’ research with the ISS position the company for future growth via a Moon-based manufacturing facility?

Guidance: Adidas clothing and footwear could be supplied to the Bezos Moon facility.  In addition, all of the private firms with space manufacturing ambitions could be supplied with Adidas gear.  This question is aimed at getting students to recognize that space manufacturing could be a Continue reading

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“Cool and Chic” Was a Tough Sell for This Public Library

“Cool and Chic” Was a Tough Sell for This Public Library

Hunters Point, a new library branch in Queens, is finally open.

It boasts a unique and stylish design that is a source of pride in the community. The construction project was very much over time and over budget. Although there are many reasons for this project management nightmare, it appears that measures meant to promote efficient use of taxpayers’ money had unintended consequences.


Video Spotlight: Balance between the Book and the Digital


This post is based on The New York Times article, Why Can’t New York City Build More Gems Like This Queens Library?, by M. Kimmelman, September 18, 2019, and the YouTube video, Hunters Point Library Finally Openby CBS New York, September 24, 2019. Image source:  Shutterstock / X_C

Discussion Questions:

1. What design elements make this library inviting to patrons?

Guidance: Large windows let the light in and offer beautiful views of Manhattan. Bamboo-paneled walls add warmth. Shifting forms and curves make the space interesting and pleasing to the eye. Corners and nooks provide privacy. A ginkgo garden outside creates a natural oasis in a large city. This unique and tastefully designed library contrasts with the high-density apartment buildings erected next Continue reading

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