As the need for temporary hospital sites grows amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an American Institute of Architects (AIA) task force is providing a new tool for public officials who are not healthcare design experts to quickly identify buildings suitable to be adapted for patient care.

The COVID-19 Alternative Care Sites Assessment Tool was developed using established healthcare design best practices and standards together with federal documents issued during the COVID-19 crisis. The checklist highlights important areas to consider, such as staff and patient safety, when evaluating temporary healthcare facilities like convention centers, sports arenas, community centers, hotels, and dormitories.

Additional input was provided from trained and experienced healthcare architects, engineers, life-safety consultants, front-line health workers, and hospital facility operations.

Visit AIA’s website for more COVID-19 resources for members.