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McCormick Place Convention Center Alternate Care Facility

An adaptive and transformative design in response to the urgent need to free up hospital beds for patients with COVID-19

  • 1.5M

    Square Feet

  • Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago, Illinois

Expedited design with complex challenges to treat up to 3,000 COVID-19 patients at the onset of the pandemic

With COVID-19 sweeping the globe, the City of Chicago Department of Public Health knew they needed to act fast to accommodate the rise in patient admittance. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in association with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) directed the conversion of McCormick Place into an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for COVID-19 patients.

The ACF was designed to relieve pressure on the hospital system by freeing up beds for more patients with severe COVID-19 cases in anticipation of the surge in positive COVID-19 diagnoses to come. Stantec participated by collaborating on the design of an independent HVAC, electrical, mechanical, and medical gas system. Hall A and Hall C supported 2,250 low-acuity patients and Hall B supported 750 moderate-acuity patients that required oxygen. All three were equipped with nursing stations and support units.

A quick turnaround was made possible with prefabricated design using an aluminum framing and panel system for low-acuity patients and tents for moderate-acuity patients. Our team worked around the clock to complete innovative design concepts within a few days of project initiation. Within one week, the first 500 beds were complete in Hall C with another 1,750 non-acute beds following in Hall A.

At a Glance

CoreNet Global Chicago Chapter, Innovation Real Award in Healthcare, 2020
The Center for Health Design, Healthcare Environment Awards, 2020
Meet Our Team

Tariq Amlani, Senior Principal, Buildings, Health Sector Leader, Canada

Driven to become a top design consultant, I have helped deliver cutting edge technologies for healthcare and education across the country.
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Maria Barillas, Associate, Senior Medical Planner

I have learned that one of the best ways to inspire a team is to listen—it engages and empowers everyone to contribute their best ideas.
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Jeff Hankin, Senior Principal, Electrical Engineering

My passion is to connect people and ideas.
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Maria Ionescu, Senior Medical Planner

Healthcare spaces need a balance between technology and empathy by fostering un-mediated human contact and a connection to nature.

Marie Kruse, Associate, Architect

As architects, we welcome the challenge of creating the best design solutions to benefit our clients, the community, and the environment.

Susan Limbrunner, Health Sector Leader, Chicago

Understanding a client’s vision and brand are essential to building strong working relationship with team members and stakeholders.
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Siobhan Mooney, Project Manager

Design is the result of a careful process and collaboration—you can find it everywhere you look.

Tariq Amlani

Senior Principal, Buildings, Health Sector Leader, Canada

Maria Barillas

Associate, Senior Medical Planner

Jeff Hankin

Senior Principal, Electrical Engineering

Maria Ionescu

Senior Medical Planner

Marie Kruse

Associate, Architect

Susan Limbrunner

Health Sector Leader, Chicago

Siobhan Mooney

Project Manager

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