Birmingham Construction Company to Turn Miami Beach Convention Center into Hospital

| April 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Workers at Birmingham-based construction firm Robins & Morton are pouring on the steam, turning 250,000 square feet of the Miami Beach Convention Center into a 450-bed field hospital, and they have less than two weeks to complete the job. The retrofit is part of the Army Corps of Engineers’ ongoing effort to convert convention centers, hotels and closed hospitals to alleviate pressure on local hospitals caused by the anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients.

The Corps, joined by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state and local officials, announced the $22.5 million contract at a press conference in Miami Beach on April 8. Robins & Morton are charged with finishing the job by April 21, giving workers only days to take the convention center from bare floors to a fully functional hospital, complete with isolation rooms.

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