Engineers Transform Convention Center into Hospital

The Javits Center is currently serving as a field hospital on Manhattan's West Side.


The Army Corps of Engineers turned the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center into a hospital.

The industry is scheduled to fill the 1.8 million square-foot facility in June for the Advanced Manufacturing show. As of now, the show is still a go

But right now, the convention center is a 2,000-bed hospital for non-COVID-19 patients.

The Corps of Engineers received the call from FEMA about two weeks ago. 

More than 165 personnel provided design, engineering and construction support to make it happen. They worked around the clock to make it move-in ready by March 30. 

Next, the Army Corps will convert the Westchester County Community Center in White Plains, N.Y., and the State University of New York's campuses at Stony Brook and Old Westbury on Long Island.

This effort wouldn't be possible without "phenomenal teammates" the Corps of Engineers has at the state of New York, the city of New York, the New York National Guard, FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the General Services Administration, as well as the Defense Department and the armed forces.

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