Carpenters Build COVID-19 Surge Hospital
As COVID-19 cases hit the second wave in many places, hospitals search for space for the influx of patients. Normally, it takes years to plan & build a new hospital. With help from union carpenters & Turner Construction, the Cleveland Clinic did it in 18 days.
Carpenters converted a medical education building into a COVID-19 surge hospital. Union carpenters built the 477,000 square-foot facility years earlier. Now, they’ve transformed it into a 1,006-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients.
It took 10,000 man-hours & 65 craftsmen working in two shifts 24/7. Union carpenters constructed 30 patient restrooms, converted 50,000 square-feet of shelled space into 360 medical surge beds, converted 300,000 square feet of educational space into 640 medical surge beds, and installed 326 headwalls feeding 1,000 beds.
Hope Hospital opened in April & was a big step toward reopening the economy in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I think it’s important to play your part in the community. I just want to make sure I’m doing mine.” David Charon, Local 373
Thank you to our union carpenters, Turner Construction & the Cleveland Clinic for doing this essential work.