HOUSTON, TEXAS — April 10, 2020 — NHEO Institute (National Organization of Hispanic Entrepreneurs), amid the emergency the world is facing, decided to launch a fundraising campaign with the aim of continuing to assist the construction industry in this global crisis that demands solidarity.
Walsh Construction, one of the largest contractors in the city of Chicago and in the United States, is leading the temporary conversion of a portion of the McCormick Place Convention Center into an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. The unprecedented facility will have the capacity to treat up to 3,000 low-to-moderate acuity patients across three of the convention center’s halls, where patients will be separated by level of care required.
National, state and local agencies have deemed the vast majority of work in the construction industry as ‘essential’ to our country’s infrastructure and economy. Grocery stores, pharmacies, water treatment plants, healthcare facilities and other critical businesses are also in this category. We join our colleagues in the AEC community in an all-out effort to balance getting the work done and keeping our people safe. To that end, we have put in place a variety of protective measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees, trade contractors, industry partners and clients remains our top priority – all while continuing to support the building needs of our communities.
COMANCO has felt the impact of the COVID-19 crisis afflicting our nation. The Health and Safety of everyone in the extended COMANCO family are of the utmost importance. We are taking extra precautions in the office and out in the field to maintain the health and safety of our team.
It’s a fact: COVID-19 is disrupting construction. This is a moment that calls on each of us to do what our community does best: Take care of each other in times of crisis.
As we all navigate these challenging times, NHEO Institute remains strong in our mission to shape the future of the construction industry. The intent of COVID-19 in the Construction World initiative is to share what NHEO community members are doing in response to the current situation, since we are all in this together.