Shuttered Hospital transformed into Covid-19 Alternate Care Facility

Shuttered Hospital transformed into Covid-19 Alternate Care Facility

Jason Whitman /

Clark Construction Group collaborated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to successfully transform a shuttered hospital south of Chicago, the MetroSouth Medical Center, into an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) to treat Covid-19 patients. The ACF will provide 585 surge beds, including 265 high acuity beds, to support critically ill patients. The joint venture helped deliver the project in just 22 days.

For more than a century, the MetroSouth Medical Center served the Blue Island community before closing in late 2019. A design-build team was led by Clark. The team had revitalized the once dormant facility into a fully operational ACF. They converted spaces like the emergency department, labor, and delivery, as well as hospital office space, into patient bed areas. The team also turned existing patient rooms with negative pressure units to meet air change and infection control requirements, as well as reactivated medical gas systems to support patients who require ventilators.

They also ensured that all 26 essential hospital systems were inspected, repaired, or replaced, and fully operational. The MetroSouth ACF project team also includes architect Perkins and Will, MEP engineer Salas O’Brien, as well as Hill Mechanical, Titan Electric, RG Construction, and Consolidated Flooring.

About three dozen personnel, along with design partners and more than 200 craftworkers, worked day and night to meet the ambitious timeline, according to Clark’s statement. Clark and his team, despite the challenging schedule, managed to maintain the safety protocols of the pandemic. Clark had received a Certificate of Occupancy on April 21, four days ahead of schedule. The state officials received the project on April 23.

The collaboration on site has been like nothing I have seen in 26 years of military service,” said Col. Aaron W. Reisinger, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. “Everyone worked hand-in-hand to overcome challenges that otherwise would have taken weeks, if not months, to solve. This project brought out the best of humanity at all levels.”

Guest Writer

Related Posts
Suburban Chicago Tax Preparer Charged With COVID-Relief Fraud
A suburban Chicago tax preparer has been indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly fraudulently
Pelosi and McConnell face off once again over coronavirus stimulus package size
The two most powerful people in Congress renewed their calls for coronavirus stimulus on Friday.
Johns Hopkins University database confirms over 200,000 COVID-19 deaths in US
The John Hopkins University released a report on Tuesday related to the coronavirus-related deaths in
Pritzker: Congress relief needed by States
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said that states and local governments are depending on Congress for
JP Morgan Chase claims misconduct in government coronavirus relief programs
Several media outlets received a memo released by JP Morgan Chase. The company memo alleged
Winners could be unknown for weeks in Illinois’ mail-in ballots
Illinois' expanded vote-by-mail opportunities, stimulated by COVID-19 exposure concerns, have the potential to delay results
COVID-19 Watch List; Kane County Added
The Illinois Department of Public Health has added Kane County to its COVID-19 watch list.
New Unemployment Claims Drop Below 1 Million
United States' new jobless claims have dropped below 1 million last week for the first
Chicago Retail Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
Chicago's retail market turned on its head in the second quarter due to the coronavirus
Highway construction boosted amid COVID-19 pandemic
CalTrans, the department of transportation of California, was supposed to initiate the construction work of