In response to an urgent need for more hospital beds during the coronavirus pandemic, AECOM served as Design Builder to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of a FEMA mission for a new 1,024 bed Alternate Care Facility (ACF), constructed on the campus of SUNY College at Old Westbury on Long Island.

The construction effort, led by AECOM Tishman, was completed in only 28 days, with the first 104 beds delivered to the US Army Corps of Engineers 12 hours ahead of schedule, in only nine days. Our team worked in two ten-hour shifts, with a two-hour break between shifts for a thorough cleaning of the jobsite. At peak, more than 500 workers were onsite, as well as an additional 30-40 design professionals.

In addition to the 1,000+ beds, the ACF also includes nurses stations with hand washing sinks, temporary bathrooms and temporary shower facilities, portable laundry facilities, portable medical gas facilities, ice machines, portable medical waste facilities and a completely new mechanical and electrical infrastructure to support all of the patient care facilities. Since the facility was constructed to house patients with COVID-19, the project required an exponential increase in the campus’s mechanical and electrical capacity, which we also provided.


  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York, 2021 Platinum Engineering Excellence Award, Category B: Building/Technology Systems


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