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First of Three COVID Centers of Excellence Completed by DDC in Four Months, Now Open in the Bronx

No cases of COVID reported among workers during construction

Contact: Ian Michaels, 646-939-6514, Michaelia@ddc.nyc.gov

(Bronx, NY – December 7, 2020) The first of three COVID Centers of Excellence designed to meet the short- and long-term healthcare needs of patients recovering from COVID-19 opened to patients last week in the Bronx after the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) managed the construction, turning the facility over to the City’s public hospital system in just four months, at least one year faster than the original construction schedule.

A gathering of elected officials at the Bronx COVID Center of Excellence

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray at the opening of the Bronx COVID Center of Excellence. Seated behind her from left to right are Dr. Mitchell Katz, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals; Dr. Ted Long, Executive Director of the NYC COVID-19 Test and Trace Corps; and Lorraine Grillo, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction

“The DDC team was able to cut at least a year off construction time for this very important project, which will bring healthcare services to people in the Bronx who are recovering from COVID,” said DDC Commissioner Lorraine Grillo. “I’d like to thank Dr. Mitchell Katz and NYC Health + Hospitals for entrusting us with many of their most critical projects during this difficult time. DDC remains prepared to take on whatever construction the City needs to get through the pandemic.”

A nurse’s station inside the new Bronx COVID Center of Excellence

A nurse’s station inside the new Bronx COVID Center of Excellence

The 22,000-square-foot Center was built by DDC for (H+H) and has 40 exam rooms, including five with negative air pressure handling to contain airborne virus particles from patients with COVID. The Center had originally been planned to be built by H+H as a community health clinic but was turned over to DDC when the pandemic struck and quickly redesigned and built in four months under the less restrictive contracting rules allowed by the State of New York’s .

The lobby of the new COVID Center of Excellence in Tremont, Bronx features a  separate entrance into the Center for COVID patients

The lobby of the new COVID Center of Excellence in Tremont, Bronx features a separate entrance into the Center for COVID patients

Xổ số hỗn hợp hôm nayAn additional center in Jackson Heights, Queens has been completed by DDC and is currently being fitted out by H+H before opening to patients, while a third much larger center in Bushwick, Brooklyn remains under construction.

Xổ số hỗn hợp hôm nayThe Bronx Center, on the first floor of 1920 Webster Avenue in Tremont, meets the comprehensive needs of COVID-19 patients, providing them with pulmonary, cardiology, radiology and mental health services. The site also offers comprehensive primary care health services for local residents, such as cancer screenings, dental and vision care, OBGYN, bariatrics, diabetes management, podiatry and pediatrics.

Work took place in two shifts, six-days-a-week to meet an aggressive schedule for opening. Though close to 150 workers were at the site daily, strict policies about health screening, face coverings and social distancing resulted in no cases of COVID being reported among workers during construction. DDC began work at the site in early-June and turned it over to H+H on September 30. It received its first patient on November 30 after being fitted out by H+H with medical equipment and its electronic medical record system.

Because of the potential impact on residents and the community created by the intensified construction schedule, DDC’s Office of Community Outreach and Notification (OCON) developed an outreach plan for each Center site, including printed notices to advise residents of construction progress and planned utility shutdowns. A three-person OCON unit manages community relations so work can proceed smoothly, and worked directly with contractors to mitigate noise and other construction impacts.

Xổ số hỗn hợp hôm naySince March 2020, DDC has also:

  • Built two field hospitals in Brooklyn and Queens totaling 1,100 beds for COVID patients;
  • Built 20 local COVID testing sites, with another eight under construction and expected to be completed by the end of 2020;
  • Expanded four NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene laboratories and equipped them with negative air pressure handling to accommodate COVID testing; and
  • Developed 12 mobile testing trucks that NYC Health + Hospitals can deploy to COVID hotspots as they arise.

One of 40 new exam rooms for patients who are recovering from COVID

One of 40 new exam rooms for patients who are recovering from COVID

Xổ số hỗn hợp hôm nayDDC also managed the City’s , which installed more than 70,000 free air conditioning units in the homes of low-income seniors, and has performed more than 500 site inspections for the City’s , which is providing free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.


About the NYC Department of Design and Construction

The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $14 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to City projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc.