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Tuesday, December 7, 2021  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

COVID Alternative Care Sites Super Session

Richard Alvarez
Vice President, Construction Executive, Turner Construction
Pamela Basch
Senior Associate, Perkins Eastman
Thomas Caplis
Vice President & Business Group Leader, Healthcare, The Walsh Group - Walsh Construction & Archer Western
Susan Limbrunner
Principal - Healthcare Sector, Stantec
Aaron Reisinger, PMP, Colonel (Retired from Military)
Senior Vice President, Sevans Multi-Site Solutions, Inc.

In the early stages of the pandemic, two major United States cities recognized the need
for alternative care facilities (ACFs) to manage projected COVID patient loads. Under the
direction of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with multiple other local entities, teams in
New York and Chicago set up over 4,000 beds in under 25 days.

Due to the fast pace, limited time schedule and scarcity of materials, these projects took
careful planning, collaboration, prefabrication and enhanced safety measures. Intense
scheduling rendered decision-making both constrained and continually challenged by what
was achievable.

As highly visible endeavors during a period of growing public alarm, the projects were
of incalculable value to the public’s sense of well-being. The projects are models of how
design-build projects could operate to maximize efficiency among the design, procurement,
build and testing teams, which in turn can create time and monetary savings for the owner.

This multi-discipline team will discuss how this challenge was approached and ultimately
achieved, and how these principles can be applied in order to accelerate other alternate
delivery projects or any healthcare project.


1.  Recognize and demonstrate the benefits of an integrated design-build approach, while colocating,
works to invent viable solutions with multiple trade input.
2.  Address and track challenges and opportunities of on-the-fly changes in a project with
extremely tight deadlines.
3.  Apply the “legacy learnings” of this unique project approach that can be used to dramatically
accelerate any healthcare project, including when to use prefabrication.
4.  Identify strategies for overcoming supply chain limitations when project schedule is the
highest priority.