Addressing Homelessness and COVID-19 with Rapid-Response Site Conversions
About 18 months ago, officials from King County, Wash., which includes Seattle, approached DLR Group about developing housing solutions for the county’s homeless, who by one recent count totaled nearly 11,200, with just under half of those homeless unsheltered by conventional human habitude.
DLR Group had been working on this project for a year when, on January 20, the first case of the coronavirus in the U.S.
As part of its efforts to stem the virus’ spread, King County and DLR Group entered into an emergency contract. Working with the county and the builder Howard S. Wright (a division of Balfour Beatty), DLR Group developed a rapid-response solution to transform multiple sites into facilities equipped to quarantine patients who are incapable of self-quarantine, including the homeless.