Swift Support

by Catherine A. Cardno, Ph.D., Senior Editor; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2020, Vol. 90, Issue 5, Pg. 76-79


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: In April and May, Civil Engineering published online a "Special Coverage: COVID-19" series of articles that focused on how civil engineers quickly responded to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three of those articles dealt with how designers approached the call from cities and their health-care providers to rapidly expand the number of hospital beds available for patients. Luckily, fewer of those extra beds were required than initially feared, but the experience offered many lessons on how to create or repurpose structures swiftly to meet the immediate needs of communities in crisis. This feature excerpts those articles.

Subject Headings: Viruses | Internet | Epidemic and pandemic | Urban and regional development | Urban areas | Health care facilities

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