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Here in Boston, we have seen all construction projects shut down by the Mayor. Before that hospitals were stopping construction, but most are keeping design projects going, with meetings all virtual.
We also have one community hospital that halted all design projects so they could focus on their COVID response.
You can see in this article that Steward health is shifting one smaller hospital to be COVID only.
I don't have guidelines beyond FGI to share, but will if see them.
Wishing you all the best.
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We are seeing a mixture of responses from clients. In some markets (Boston), all construction has been halted except "essential" – which means some healthcare-related projects can move forward. In NY, it's mixed by facility – almost all interior renovations within a hospital have been stood down, but some exterior work and/or high-priority projects that can demonstrate a tight barrier between the construction zone and the hospital are proceeding. Some projects at OP or ambulatory facilities are proceeding. It's definitely on a case-by-case basis, depending on where you are in the country and what is being mandated by state/local governments to keep their communities safe. Most of the systems we work with have done a project-by-project review to determine how to handle each one individually on its merits. We are continuing with design work, although remotely, on most of our projects.
Hope this helps – will share more as we learn more.
Jennifer R. Arbuckle, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
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As it continues to evolve…at this point in time, our healthcare clients are continuing to move forward with project design work via virtual meeting sessions. For healthcare construction projects, some of our healthcare clients have prioritized their construction projects with the goal to proceed with projects that support acute or COVID-19 needs. Construction design team members are performing construction meetings by phone of virtual site visits with contractor on site.
Our clients are installing temporary facilities with tents or modifying existing spaces with temporary partitions to support the anticipated patients to be triaged or staged. Clients are discussing and exploring use of hotels or dorms as an option for the anticipated patients. Lastly, there are modular companies providing healthcare organizations approaches of modular trailer type units for taking care of 8-12 patients at a time. Even one modular company has asked for input to their housing modules they are adapting for the healthcare crisis.
Solvei Neiger AIA, ACHA, NCARB Partner
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