Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Boston has transformed its Newton Pavilion, shuttered since October 2018, into a temporary quarantine shelter for homeless patients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 166,500-square-foot facility spans eight floors and has a maximum capacity to house 304 non-acute beds for homeless patients who aren’t in need of acute hospitalization but have tested positive for the coronavirus. The overall project scope includes electrical and architectural upgrades and reactivation/upgrade to building systems, including life safety, HVAC, fire protection, plumbing, fire protection, and medical gasses.

BMC manages operations for the temporary facility and patient care will be administered by its clinical staff.

The technical planning, design, and construction for the facility was led by S/L/A/M Collaborative (Boston) and Gilbane Building Company (Boston), in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance, Boston Medical Center, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, and the Department of Public Health.