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Addressing Homelessness and COVID-19 with Rapid-Response Site Conversions

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Addressing Homelessness and COVID-19 with Rapid-Response Site Conversions

About 18 months ago, officials from King County, Wash., which includes Seattle, approached us 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.

COVID 19 pop up facility with tents on soccer field
Kings County Washington Rapid Response Site in King County, WA by DLR Group.

We 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, we entered an emergency contract with King County. Working with the county and the builder Howard S. Wright (a division of Balfour Beatty), we developed a rapid-response solution to transform multiple sites into facilities equipped to quarantine patients who are incapable of self-quarantine, including the homeless.

Read the full response story of how the team is working to add 2,500 beds across 12 sites in Building Design+Construction.

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