If you may need to turn your building into a temporary medical facility, see how SUNY did it

by Brianna Crandall — April 17, 2020 — AECOM, a Los Angeles-based firm providing infrastructure around the world, recently announced that it is supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District, with design and construction management services to transform a university facility on Long Island into a temporary medical facility with more than 1,000 beds. In support of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission, the alternate care facility at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury will help ease the strain on existing medical facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael S. Burke, AECOM’s chairman and chief executive officer, stated:

As a global community, we face the challenge of responding to the coronavirus pandemic. We’re incredibly proud to support the US Army Corps of Engineers on this critical mission as they seek to protect the people of New York. With more than 3,000 staff in metro New York, the pandemic hits close to home, and our passionate team of experts are committed to helping deliver a better world.

During national emergencies, the USACE is the US federal government’s lead public works and engineering support agency. AECOM began to support this essential work on Monday, March 30. The contract has an estimated completion date of April 20, 2020.

Amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, AECOM says the company is doing everything it can to help ensure the safety and well-being of its employees, maintain operational resilience, and provide solutions that can help clients and communities along the path to recovery.

AECOM oversees Rhode Island’s coronavirus crisis program

AECOM also announced that it will provide program oversight and management services for the assessment, planning, programming and design to convert existing facilities into newly constructed non-acute care facilities for patients with COVID-19 symptoms in Rhode Island. AECOM will work with the state, the Rhode Island National Guard, and other stakeholders to determine suitability and viability of the best development track for the facilities.

In addition to overall program management, AECOM’s scope of work includes rapidly assessing existing facilities for reuse as non-acute care facilities for patients with COVID-19 symptoms and providing programming, medical planning, design and coordination during construction to rapidly establish temporary hospitals and/or medical care facilities. While providing construction management oversight services, the firm will also work with the state to manage received funding, provide and manage documentation, and provide expert insight.

AECOM delivers professional services throughout the project lifecycle — from planning, design and engineering to consulting and construction management. The company partners with clients in the public and private sectors to solve complex challenges on projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment.

Learn more about AECOM’s approach to business resilience and continuity in light of the coronavirus outbreak, and its commitment to deliver a better world, on the company’s website.