A crucial factor in global efforts to control and contain the outbreak of COVID-19 has been the rapid response from various suppliers to the needs of customers in critical industries.
Vital construction projects in particular have been completed at breakneck speed, with numerous emergency hospitals and medical centers springing up almost overnight to cope with the urgent need for patient care.
One of the earliest new facilities to appear was built in Hong Kong. Back in early March, the local government identified an urgent need to set up more temporary quarantine facilities. So work quickly started on a project at Pak Heung, in the Yuen Long district – one of four quarantine complexes to get the go-ahead for construction.
Although mainland China was still in partial lockdown, our local Protective Coatings organization reacted swiftly to supply essential products and enable the Pak Heung facility to be completed as quickly as possible, and in accordance with all relevant building standards.
Six two-story buildings were constructed, providing 120 single rooms. Made of steel as ready-to-use modules, they feature 10,000 liters of our anti-corrosive products (Interzinc 52, Interseal 670HS and Interthane 870) to help protect the steel structure. The coatings also meet Hong Kong’s strict local requirements on low VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
“We made every effort to support the project as quickly as we could,” explains Amanda Sheng, BU Director for Marine and Protective Coatings in Greater China. “It was a difficult situation given the complexities of the lockdown, but we acted swiftly to ensure that the new facility could be completed as fast as possible.”
Once the threat of the virus is over, the buildings at Pak Heung will be relocated to provide transitional housing, so they will continue to serve the people of Hong Kong long after the pandemic subsides.