NYC DDC, DOHMH, Riverside Health Center COVID Testing Lab

Owner: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Architect: 1100 Architect

Location: New York, NY

Construction Cost: $1.2M

Construction Completion: 7/2020

Starting at the peak of NYC’s COVID-19 outbreak, an emergency response, design build project was coordinated by the NYC Department of Design and Construction on behalf of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and NYC Health & Hospitals to increase the number of testing facilities. JFK&M was awarded two of these sites: Morrisania and Riverside.

At the Riverside location, JFK&M provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection services working closely with 1100 Architect and the Construction Manager AECOM. The conversion included repurposing an adjacent clinic space into a reception area and 13 testing rooms where patients are guided with electronic devices to self-administer tests. A dedicated outside air system and a negative-pressure exhaust system were seamlessly integrated into the existing facility and in a design-bid-build delivery method.

Working on a tightly compressed schedule and remotely observing stay-at-home orders, the project was delivered in an 8-week timeframe and on budget, coordinating readily available products and equipment and ensuring minimal disruption to the surrounding spaces which continued operation. The Riverside site was completed in early July 2020