MetroSouth Medical Center, a shuttered hospital in Chicago, has been converted into an alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients, according to an article in the Chicago Morning Star.

The facility was built in 22 days and provides 585 surge beds, including 265 high-acuity beds, for critically ill patients. The project included converting the emergency department, labor and delivery, and hospital office space into patient bed areas. Existing patient rooms with negative pressure units were also converted to meet air change and infection control requirements and medical gas systems were reactivated to support patients who require ventilators.

The project’s design-build team included Clark Construction Group (construction; Chicago), Perkins and Will (Chicago), Salas O’Brien (MEP; Chicago), Hill Mechanical (mechanical contractor; Franklin Park, Ill.), Titan Electric (electrical), RG Construction (contractor, Elmhurst, Ill.), and Consolidated Carpet  (flooring; Chicago).