Stantec partially converts McCormick Place to an Alternate Care Facility

Stantec is providing design and engineering services to convert a portion of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center into an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for COVID-19 patients.

The facility is a temporary conversion with a capacity to treat up to 3,000 low-to-moderate acuity patients across three of the convention center’s halls, where patients will be separated by level of care required. Walsh Construction is the contractor for the project.

McCormick Place Conversion – Photo Credit: Walsh Construction

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) in association with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will direct the conversion of McCormick Place into a facility focused on patient care, infection control, fire protection, and life safety.

According to Stantec, the ACF is designed to relieve pressure on the hospital system by freeing up beds for more patients with severe COVID-19 cases in anticipation of the surge in positive COVID-19 diagnoses to come.

“We need to quickly and efficiently leverage our existing spaces and infrastructure, to allow our healthcare professionals to focus on providing care in this time of crisis,” said Douglas King, AIA, NCARB, ACHA, healthcare principal at Stantec. “Our team at Stantec is proud to support this mission in our local Chicago community, and we hope it will serve as a model across the country.”

The temporary field hospital is expected to be complete by April 24, construction on the first 500 beds was completed on April 3.

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