Make/Shift: Alternative Care Sites
Resources for Architects: COVID-19
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued guidance to permit the use of alternative, acute inpatient care spaces to care for patients during this public health emergency. While the memo does not explicitly authorize the provision of beds or care units in buildings not currently licensed for hospital use, the DPH will “accelerate any requests to license units in buildings that are not currently licensed for hospital services.”
Please help us identify buildings or facilities that might satisfy these adapted occupancies. Laboratory, science and technology facilities, hotels, dormitories, malls, convention centers, schools, and building shells pre-occupancy might be considered. We might also consider mobile triage capacity increased through the appropriation of food trucks and moving or delivery vehicles.
We will be collecting your ideas to be evaluated with the consultation of architects and health care providers.
We are also calling the AEC community to assist in the work of evaluating, documenting, and retrofitting the buildings or other facilities identified as viable hospital facilities. Cross discipline teams are being assembled now.
For more information contact community design director, Ben Peterson, at [email protected].