Staff members take virtual tour of the North Alabama Medical Center | Appnews


The construction company building a $230 dollar hospital in Florence is using virtual reality to help them tweak the project.

Layton Construction said they’re one of the first in the industry to use virtual reality to help them design and make adjustments to the plans.


This is what the virtual tour of the North Alabama Medical Center looks like. 

They brought in front line nurses and staff members to try out the virtual reality and walk around patients rooms, plus other parts of the hospital.

Mike Howard, the Chief Operating Officer for the North Alabama Medical Center, said this new technology helped them find flaws in patients rooms before they were built.

Howard said some of the staff said the furniture in the room was to big and got in the way of them working so they fixed.

Layton Construction said this saves them time and they can make the changes right on the spot to the plans.

“We used to have to build out the rooms and that of course is very labor intensive and takes a lot of time, but now with virtual reality we can all do it on a computer mock up and run front line staff and folks through to see the rooms,” said Howard.

The North Alabama Medical Center is already starting to take shape. It should be complete by the end of 2018 or early 2019.


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