Quality Inn Hotel Becomes Non-Acute COVID-19 Patient Care Facility


  • Systems Engineering


COVID-19 Patient Care Facility

April 11, 2020

At midnight on Saturday, April 11, a 4 story Quality Inn hotel in Florissant, Missouri was successfully converted into a non-acute COVID-19 Patient Care Facility. With the deadline being met this facility was ready to receive patients on the morning of Sunday, April 12. The facility will be used for patients on the backside of their COVID-19 treatment before discharge to provide off-loading space from the hospital. This was a joint effort with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Missouri, Missouri National Guard, State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County and a fantastic contracting team that included several equipment and material suppliers along with the following firms:

  • Ross & Baruzzini
  • Tarlton
  • Rock Hill Mechanical
  • Guarantee Electric
  • Waterhout
  • Woodard
  • Collins & Herman Fencing
  • Flooring Systems
  • Tech Electronics
  • Ward Painting
  • Kone Elevator

"We are proud to be part of the integrated design-build team on this facility that responds locally to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  Mike Shea, Ross & Baruzzini Director of Government Market

The multi market Ross & Baruzzini team from Government, Higher Education and Healthcare made up of Mike Shea, Scott Ethridge, Mike Harris, Brooks Becker, Roger Czmowski, Brad Pierce and Mark Heise provided 24/7 in field site investigation, construction administration, and architectual and engineering technical support.

"This job was exciting and really proves what your experience is worth when it counts." Scott Ethridge, Ross & Baruzzini Director of Operations Government Market

The Ross & Baruzzini team all wore their masks and gloves and practiced social distancing as they worked with 400 tradesmen to complete the task at hand. This combined team had 79 hours from contract signature to turn-over. In this time they prepared 120 single patient rooms, 4 nurse stations, a triage center, ambulatory drop off, 1200 lineal feet of fencing, as well as re-programmed the phone system for nurse call, relocated the roof top exhaust fans, replaced the 4th floor carpet, and replaced 20 HVAC units.

Ross & Baruzzini COVID-19 Rapid Response in action!

Mike Shea and Scott Ethridge COVID-19 Rapid Response
Scott Ethridge (far left), Mike Shea (second from left) and St. Louis Co. Executive Sam Page (third from left) at the Project Briefing 

Replaced rooftop exhaust equipment 

Relocated rooftop exhaust equipment for fresh air intake clearance requirements 

Relocated rooftop exhaust equipment for fresh air intake clearance requirements 

Replaced packed terminal air conditioning units at patient room locations 

Installed ionic antimicrobial air purifier units 

Converted guest rooms into patient rooms 

Increased exterior lighting at patient intake/ screening 

Installed fire department access lock boxes at front and rear building access points 

Installed perimeter fence for security and patient privacy 

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