The CDC selected Rush University Medical Center to be one of two designated Ebola patient sites in Chicago. RUMC’s overall goal was to have a containment area for any incoming patients that may be infected with the Ebola virus. In response to this selection, RUMC began constructing an Ebola suite in the 10th floor B quadrant of the East Tower on October 15, 2014. The suite includes three patient rooms and has a floor area of approximately 2,000 sq. ft. The suite was operational for final commissioning the following Friday, October 17, 2014. The schedule provided three days for the design, construction, and testing of the suite. Wall demolition and construction began before the design was started.
WMA provided on-site design direction to the contractors to begin the construction process, developed MEP/FP drawings for final construction and IDPH review, and provided commissioning services to ensure the suite performed as required by the CDC. The design included three individual patient rooms, ante rooms, a consult area, and gowning.