April 2, 2020
West Side, NYC
By: Mike Leventhal APB Staff Writer
More than 165 New York District personnel provided design, engineering and construction support to facilitate the conversion in response to a Federal Emergency Management Agency request.
The Corps of Engineers got the call from FEMA about two weeks ago to outfit the convention center into an alternate care facility – Work began about a week later, and was complete just a week after that. The speed at which the Corps was able to get the project completed is unusual, he said, but the circumstances warranted the extra effort.
Patients are now able to move into the converted facility. The Javits Center care facility will not be used for COVID-19 patients, allowing area hospitals more room to treat patients infected by the coronavirus.
Contracts were recently awarded to convert additional locations in New York into alternate care facilities, including those are the Westchester County Community Center in White Plains, New York, and at the State University of New York’s campuses at Stony Brook and Old Westbury on Long Island. Work should begin on those projects soon.