May 2020, 2019
NYC Builds Bio+ May 2020 Virtual Quarterly Breakfast


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In early March, New York suffered its first coronavirus death. A month later, that total exceeded 10,000. New York City was particularly hard hit, and lacked the testing capacity, personal protective equipment (PPE) and facilities need to care for the projected number of patients.

In the attempt to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed, New York State and New York City reached out to private companies, other states and countries to obtain face masks, personal protective shields, surgical gowns and ventilators. Columbia engineers teamed up with clinicians at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian to design, prototype, scale up and manufacture thousands of face shields for health care workers in just a week, followed by orders and deliveries for 1.5 million + more. And NYC EDC partnered with local manufacturers and testing companies to create the capacity to perform 100,000 tests per week by the beginning of May and allow New York City to become self-sufficient in PPE. Facilities of every kind – ships, hotels, tents, a convention center and expanded hospital space – were evaluated, repurposed and pressed into service as makeshift hospital facilities.

Please join NYC Builds Bio+ for a timely conversation on how NYC Builds Bio+ members, academic institutions and policymakers across the life science and real estate industries stepped up to the challenge as paused commercial construction projects became emergency construction projects.


9:00 AM – 9:05 AM – Welcome and Overview of the Meeting

Nancy J Kelley, President & CEO, Nancy J Kelley + Associates

9:05 AM – 10:00 AM – Panel of NYC Builds Bio+ Member, Officials and Academic Leaders Discussing Their Role in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Mitchel W. Simpler, PE, FACEC, Managing Partner Emeritus, Jaros, Baum & Bolles


Rich Steimel, Principal in Charge, Lendlease

Chuck Richmond, Senior Vice President, Operations Director, Lendlease

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Screening Trailers
  • New York Presbyterian Bed Unit Work (Conversion to Negative Pressure)
  •  New York Presbyterian Methodist Bed Unit Conversion
  • NYU Langone Medical Center, Emergency Department Expansion and Temporary Overflow Beds

Anthony Mann, President & CEO, E-J Electric

Peter Santella, Vice President, Healthcare, E-J Electric

Chris Prochner, Partner, JB&B

John Koch, Associate Partner, JB&B

Christian J Kristensen, Vice President and Construction Executive, Turner Construction Company

  • Old Westbury and Stonybrook University Army Corps of Engineers Tent Hospitals
  • New York Presbyterian Allen Hospital – Baker Field
  • Old Westbury and Stonybrook University Army Corps of Engineers Tent Hospitals
  • Coney Island Hospital Emergency Department Overflow Tents

Eric Vieira, Director of Strategic Collaborations, Columbia Engineering

  •  Columbia Engineering and Clinicians at Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian

Dan Halajian, Project Executive, Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Bill Allan, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development, Hunter Roberts Construction Group

  • Work Safety with COVID-19; Planning for Restart of NYC Construction

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Q&A with Audience