BRUNSWICK — Sen. Susan Collins visited Brunswick Landing-based STARC Systems on Wednesday to tour the facility and speak to employees about their negative-pressure wall systems, which she said have potential far beyond the construction containment purposes for which they were designed.
The company typically manufactures “temporary modular wall containment systems” for hospital renovations, keeping construction dust, debris and pathogens sealed off from immunocompromised patients using negative pressure.
In March, officials more than doubled production, but with a new use for the product — to create instant isolation rooms and quarantine sections of a hospital.
The units protect health care workers and their patients in situations where hospitals or makeshift medical facilities may be overwhelmed, Brian Hamilton, director of health care and life sciences at Consigli Construction, said at the time. The telescoping units can be configured to fit different spaces and can easily be sterilized and reused.
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