As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District continues to work in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - and in coordination with other federal, state, local, tribal partners, and our prime contractor AECOM – to build Memphis' Alternate Care Facility and to synchronize the interagency response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, multiple teams came together yesterday to meet and prepare for a very busy month ahead.
This former Commercial Appeal building is unique and different from other Alternate Care Facility projects in that it's not a dormitory nor is it an arena. It is an industrial site that will require much more demolition, including the removal of unwanted walls, dropped ceiling, old lighting, and flooring.
Coordination and teamwork were the themes of the day yesterday. Each team there had to work with the others in order to make this entire facility work in the end.
The contractor can't build the right type of facility if they don't know what the medical team needs in terms of nursing stations, for example. And the state won't know what to buy for the facility until both the contractor and the medical teams tell them what is needed.
This project is a team effort, and yesterday was a perfect example of what working as a team is supposed to look like.