Walsh Logistics sourced, procured, furnished, and delivered, and installed modular patient headwalls, exam lights, miscellaneous medical equipment & furnishings, HEPA filtration units, and patient isolation & care tents for the alternate care facility.
Walsh completed the temporary conversion of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center into an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for COVID-19 patients. The unprecedented facility has the capacity to treat up to 3,000 low-to-moderate acuity patients across three of the convention center’s halls, where patients will be separated by level of care required. In just under 26 days, Walsh converted approximately 1.5M SF of convention space into a facility focused on patient care, infection control, fire protection and life safety. Construction began in Hall C on March 29 and by April 3 Walsh handed over 500-beds/pods, 14-nurse stations, and support space. By April 10, another 1,750-beds/pods, 41-nurse stations, and support space was delivered in Hall A. In just 13 days, Walsh had already constructed the largest COVID-19 ACF in the country. These first two areas were considered sub-acute and were designed using three-sided hard cubicles with a curtain front and outfitted with a bed, chair, lamp, and footlocker. Over the next two weeks, 750 additional acute care beds/pods, 16-nurse stations and support space would be constructed for patients requiring oxygen on a continuous basis. These isolation pods were designed utilizing tent structures with individually contained HEPA filtration units and modular patient headwalls.