Guarantee Electrical Company was selected to assist in the first alternative healthcare facility conversion in Missouri in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to expand the number of available beds so as to take the pressure off of regional hospitals. This preparatory effort provides for converting available hotel space in North County for sub-acute Covid patients who need isolation but don’t require intensive care or the attention of specialists. A Quality Inn in Florissant was selected to be retrofitted to provide over 100 additional patient beds.
The site was formally announced on Wednesday April 8th and work began the following day in order to make the property ready to begin accepting patients. Electrical modifications consisted of temporary power and lighting, testing and replacing electrical devices not functioning properly, modifying in-room phone systems, and coordinating power with mechanical system modifications needed to ensure patient rooms have properly function air handling to assure negative air pressure.
“Guarantee Electrical is honored to assist in whatever way we can during these extraordinary times. We are especially proud of our team and all the contractors and tradespeople involved in this quick turnaround project.” commented Dave Gralike, President of Guarantee Electrical.
The quick timeline required all hands on deck and coordination between various government agencies, healthcare officials and multiple construction trades. The first project of this type in Missouri was a joint federal-state team effort led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Missouri National Guard, FEMA and Tarlton Corporation. The conversion was officially completed and ready for patients on Sunday, April 12th.
Additional information regarding Gurantee Electrical's COVID-19 reponse can be found at geco.com/covid-19