Aecom builds two temporary hospitals in New York for treating Covid-19 patients


American engineering firm Aecom has completed the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s (DDC) project to construct two temporary hospitals for treating Covid-19 patients.

Aecom provided construction management, emergency engineering and grant management services for the temporary facilities, increasing their capacity by more than 1,000 beds. The two hospitals are located in Brooklyn and Queens in New York.

The company had secured the contract in March ending and claims to have mobilised teams to manage the construction of both hospitals within 24 hours.

The 750-bed facility at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is ready to take in patients, while the 450-bed facility at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center started taking patients from 10April.

Aecom Design and Consulting Services Americas president Steve Morriss said: “Aecom’s extensive healthcare and disaster recovery experience enabled us to rapidly respond to the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s needs during this extraordinary crisis.

“Our proven history in working with the other stakeholders, including New York City and federal agencies, enabled us to deliver these critical hospital facilities quickly and safely.”

Last month, Aecom secured more than $200m in contracts from key US federal and state government agencies to support them in their responses to the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

The contracts included several significant design and program management projects to support the construction of emergency triage hospitals on the East Coast.

One of the contracts was from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District to provide design and construction management services to transform the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, on Long Island into a temporary medical facility. The facility has more than 1,000 beds of capacity.

In Rhode Island, Aecom was selected by the State, the Rhode Island National Guard, to offer 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.


USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York City. (Credit: Suresh)

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