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AECOM Partners with DDC to Support Design and Construction Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic; Steve Morriss Quoted

Steve Morriss
Steve Morriss

AECOM has completed the New York City Department of Design and Construction project to construct two temporary hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company reported on Monday.

“Our proven history in working with the other stakeholders, including New York City and federal agencies, enabled us to deliver these critical hospital facilities quickly and safely,” said Steve Morriss, AECOM’s president of Design and Consulting Services Americas.

Under the project, AECOM provided construction management, emergency engineering and grant management services for the facilities to increase hospital capacity by more than 1K beds. The company performed work in Brooklyn and Queens, NY.

AECOM was awarded the contract in late March and mobilized teams to manage construction of both hospitals. The 750-bed facility at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will now be prepared to accept patients and the 450-bed facility at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center began taking patients in early April.

In addition, AECOM was awarded more than $200M in contracts by U.S. federal and state government agencies to help respond to the coronavirus crisis, including substantial design and program management projects to support the construction of emergency triage hospitals on the East Coast.

AECOM has also helped ensure the safety and well-being of its employees, maintain operational resilience and provide solutions that can help clients and communities along the path to recovery from the pandemic, the company reported in April.

The company announced that it will safeguard its employees and operations by following the guidelines from government agencies and leading health organizations. AECOM has implemented comprehensive enterprise resilience plans to include the restriction of all non-essential business travel, enhancement of virtual consultation tools and the expansion of office and project site safety procedures.

AECOM has mitigated actions with the coronavirus outbreak in Asia and enacted its business resilience and continuity expertise. The company’s global teams will utilize technology to collaborate, sustain client delivery and share industry-leading disaster response and recovery credentials with public-sector and private clients.

The company will also transition its global workforce to remote working where appropriate, bolstered by key investments in information technology to enable robust remote work environments; nearly 90 percent of the firm’s design team in the Americas is working remotely.

“AECOM’s extensive healthcare and disaster recovery experience enabled us to rapidly respond to the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s needs during this extraordinary crisis,” added Morriss.


AECOM (NYSE:ACM) is the world’s premier infrastructure firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to consulting and construction management. We partner with our clients in the public and private sectors to solve their most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment, our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm with revenue of approximately $20.2 billion during fiscal year 2019.

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