The St. Francis Hospital Alternate Care Facility (ACF) project, built for St. Francis Hospital, included the build out to convert a section of the hospital into a 37-bed, non-acute, Level 3, infectious COVID-19 patient care facility. The SPS team was able to mobilize almost immediately and quickly offered design and construction solutions to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Philadelphia District. USACE administered the project and provided all oversight. The team met all milestones and the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The work was performed with staff operating two shifts, running 24 hours per day.
SPS and their design partners Engineering Design Technologies, a Marietta, Georgia, based company, were awarded the design-build contract following a discussion regarding design-build capabilities specific to the critical nature of the project. In New Jersey and neighboring states, the COVID-19 pandemic's effects are most severe and widespread. Critical hospital space was needed to ensure that affected patients can be treated safely and recover in a safe, and isolated medical facility.
"We have an opportunity and responsibility to create a facility to help fight the war against COVID-19," said Richard Demuth, SPS Vice President. "Being a part of this amazing project is tremendously gratifying. With a very aggressive schedule and despite a few unforeseen challenges, I am proud of our team for completing this project on time and under budget."
The project featured upgrades to the hospital's electrical and HVAC systems, 37 patient rooms, plumbing, and finishes to meet COVID-19 standards. The hospital is currently treating patients with COVID-19, so precautions were taken to protect both the patients and the construction team. As a result of extensive planning and schedule coordination, the SPS team was able to complete the project with minimal disruption to patient care and hospital operations.
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