WEST ALLIS — Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that work will begin on the mobilization of an alternative care facility at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Evers said that the Army Corps of Engineers will partner with the state to build the facility. The Corps has partnered with other states to build facilities to support infrastructures.
“We are extremely appreciative of FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers for their responsiveness as we continue to see an increase in the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin,” said Evers in a press release. “This alternative care facility will be a critical addition to the southeastern region of our state and will be essential to continuing to ensure our healthcare systems are not overwhelmed.”
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The Corp is contracting through Gilbane Building Company in Milwaukee and several subcontractors including HGA, Johnson Controls, Staff Electric, F. Ahern and Hetzel Sanfillipo.
Last month, Milwaukee city and county officials were calling on the state to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build an alternative healthcare facility on the Wisconsin State Fair Park grounds.