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Challenged with COVID-19 rules and restrictions, a Populous- and Thornton Tomasetti-led design team delivered an innovative steel superstructure with long span roof trusses, lateral load resisting braces in the elevator cores and perimeter and a large rigging capacity for concerts, venues and sporting events.
"The journey for the 19,000-seat UBS Arena, which broke ground in September 2019, was on a fast track when the project team faced a major obstacle—a nearly 50-day work stoppage from late March to late May last year under a COVID-19 pandemic lockdown."
In addition to creating alternate care facilities to treat COVID-19 patients, capacity can be increased at hospitals themselves. Senior Vice President Michael Dowdall of our Forensics practice discusses Thornton Tomasetti’s work to convert regular patient rooms into airborne infection isolation rooms with the installation of high-efficiency particulate air-filtering systems.