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Alternative Care Facility at State Fair Park Expo


Ahern was involved in the construction of the Alternative Care Facility that was built at the State Fair Park Expo Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The facility, staffed by members of the Wisconsin National Guard and FEMA, was built as a precaution to ensure that COVID-19 patients throughout southeastern Wisconsin would receive necessary care should a future surge in cases overwhelm the hospital system.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the project to Gilbane as the General Contractor at 10:00 p.m. on April 7th, and Ahern was notified of our selection as their preferred mechanical contractor for HVAC, Plumbing and Med-gas the morning of April 8th. We were asked to complete a schematic design and scope pricing in time for construction to begin on the facility on Friday, April 10th. Construction was scheduled to be completed by April 18th, however, Ahern completed the project one day early. The facility was designed to support up to 764 beds. A huge thank you to not only our field crews who worked around the clock to complete this project, but also to the shops and supply chain personnel who helped support the off hours needs of this project. Ahern is proud to have been a part of this life saving effort.

For a quick project overview, check out the video below.


Expertise Provided

Values Delivered

Meeting Deadlines

  • Project completed one day early


  • Zero lost-time injuries