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U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY PRESTON L. CHASTEEN

SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, left, along with Tulsa District administrative contracting officer Byron Floyd, previews construction efforts of an alternate care facility (ACF) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) Medical Center in Tulsa, May 1, 2020. While working on a FEMA mission assignment at the request of the state of Oklahoma, the Tulsa District executed planning, assessment, design, and construction missions supporting requests for two ACFs. Four floors of the OSU Medical Center were remodeled, providing an additional 116 beds, and the Integris Baptist Portland Campus in Oklahoma City provided an additional 110 beds. USACE has the capability and expertise to adjust ACF designs between COVID and non-COVID treatment facilities, depending on states’ needs for specific site locations. The estimated 14-day construction process began at both facilities on April 27, 2020.

Construction on two of the facilities in Oklahoma’s larger metro areas were completed in early May, with the third facility in the Oklahoma panhandle completed in early June. “The renovations were a deliberate measure within the state of Oklahoma’s Surge Capacity Plan, facilitating an increased capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. The Tulsa District was ready and able to provide support to the nation and the state of

Oklahoma,” stated Tulsa District Emergency Management Chief Bill Smiley. “This support serves as a reminder of our capacity to work together with a common goal towards a mission of common good.” Each of the three construction efforts took approximately 14 days to complete and Tulsa District awarded approximately $9.675 million for construction. n 71

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