This unique project serves as an example of how much a team can accomplish when all members act in unison with a common purpose and sense of responsibility. It was an honor to play a small role in this large accomplishment.
McCormick Place Alternate Care Facility
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the temporary conversion of a part of McCormick Place into a 3,-000-bed Alternate Care Facility (ACF) in order to safely treat low acuity, COVID-19 patients. The Alternative Care Facility was designed to relieve pressure on the hospital system by freeing up beds for patients with severe COVID-19 cases in anticipation of the surge in positive COVID-19 diagnoses. Serving as sub-consultant to AECOM, while under the direction of the City of Chicago and working alongside the Illinois National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers, Cotter began support of this fast-track project on April 3, 2020. The facility’s first 500 beds were available 14 days after the notice to proceed. Phase II of the project added an additional 500 beds by April 30, 2020. Cotter provided planning, scheduling, logistics, and document management for the fully operational ACF facility.