MetroSouth Hospital Was Revived as a COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility

On a Friday evening in March, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, David Trolian saw a unique request for proposals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Responses to the RFP were due the next afternoon. Once awarded, teams would need to be on site and working within 24 hours. Trolian, division president and CEO of Clark Construction Group in Chicago, applied in partnership with Chicago design firm Perkins & Will. They’d use a design-build methodology, led by the contractor. The proposal emphasized the team’s readiness and skill. By that Sunday, the Clark/Perkins & Will design-build team was awarded the $14.9-million job. On Monday, they were on site trying to transform a 500,000-sq-ft existing building, a closed hospital, into an alternate care facility.