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April 1, 2020
by AIA New York

AIANY is working with a grassroots network of architects, engineers, non-profits, service providers, and housing and real estate professionals to make members of the profession available for the emergency response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

It is projected that New York City is currently short tens of thousands of hospital beds to accommodate the expected spike in infections. Without an enormous collective effort, the city will have difficulty meeting the demands for the first wave. Government officials are actively seeking potential building sites for temporary medical facilities. Our goal is to support the efforts already being made by government and private sector professionals.

We are looking for volunteers who, if/when the government calls upon us, can provide any level of support. We believe a skillful design coalition with a willingness to collaborate will provide critical and impactful aid.

We hope you will assist in the effort to identify and prepare sites/buildings for temporary hospital spaces, coordinate housing provisions for at-risk populations, and coordinate housing for emergency medical personnel without access to reliable transportation.

Please consider signing on to volunteer in whatever capacity you can offer.

We welcome both organizations and individuals to join the effort. If you are in the position to put the weight of your firm behind this effort (i.e., you are a partner), please indicate that. Please also feel free to limit or qualify the amount of support you are able to give: we understand that we all have many other obligations and priorities at this time.

We are also looking to interface with other volunteer efforts, so please reach out with details of those efforts as applicable!

Thank you for your time and your efforts, we look forward to hearing from you.

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