COVID-19 Disaster Assistance

Vanderbilt University Medical Center transformed a parking garage for COVID-19 response

Vanderbilt University Medical Center transformed a parking garage for COVID-19 response

The AIA Wisconsin Disaster Preparedness Committee, working in conjunction with an AIA National network of architects, is coordinating efforts to offer support to Wisconsin Emergency Management Officials during the current COVID-19 crisis.

As Emergency Management Officials consider temporary hospital facilities, AIA Wisconsin members can play a critical role.

Opportunities may include but are not limited to:

  1. Needs and Priority Assessment Charette for COVID-19 bed counts and temporary location needs, with short, medium and long-term response goals.
  2. Alternate building inventory for temporary hospital locations.
  3. Share intel in our respective communities about vacant buildings (ex: vacant big-box/retail store).
  4. Considerations for Healthcare Architects to perform rapid response safety space assessments of buildings adapted for healthcare staff and patient needs.
  5. Provide design resource recommendations for implementation.

Examples from around the United States:

  1. AIA New Jersey COVID-19 Preparedness Response Task Force Report provided a needs and priority assessment.
  2. AIA New York and AIA Rhode Island provided an itemized list of buildings that are suitable for temporary facilities.
  3. Vanderbilt University Medical Center transformed a parking garage for COVID-19 response (photo).
  4. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts released “Guidance regarding implementation of alternative acute impatient care space during the COVID-19 state of emergency” relaxing requirements for hospital stay to reduce the healthcare surge. California issued similar recommendations.
  5. Urban Land Institute (ULI) published resources for Public Health and Real Estate Owners.

AIA’s task force is releasing an updated version (V2.0) of the checklist, which was enhanced to better meet the needs of frontline workers, including healthcare providers. The tool has also been updated to reflect recommendations from various agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Research articles were also added.

Add yourself to the "Architects as a Resource List"

Additional Resources:

[Fourth, ]actively plan to stand-up Alternate Care Sites. Be creative in identifying facilities that can support low acuity patients and require a minimal amount of medical staff, already in short supply. Consider locations such as convention centers, hotels, shuttered hospitals, college or university dom1itories, [sic] or vacant open space in commercial buildings. Ask your FEMA Regional Administrator to brief you on the US Army Corps of Engineers "Hotel to Healthcare" initiative. If you need a plan, here is a link to a plan.

Source: FEMA Administrator March 27, 2020, letter to Emergency Managers Requesting Action on Critical Steps

Army Corps of Engineers Hotel to Healthcare Concept H2HC - 22 March 2020

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center transformed a parking garage for COVID-19 response

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