NOVI, Mich. (WOOD) — State officials say the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi will serve as the next makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients.
The expo center is the second venue picked to be transformed into a care facility to keep up with the mounting cases of coronavirus.
The Suburban Collection Showplace will dedicate more than 250,000 square feet to the effort. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will convert to fit approximately 1,100 beds and medical stations for COVID-19 patients.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services teamed up with the Michigan National Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate the site and coordinate federal funding for the switchover.
On March 29, the federal government announced Detroit’s TCF Center, formerly called the Cobo Center, would become the first alternative medical care site in the state.
The expo center is billed to be the largest privately-owned space of its kind in Michigan. It’s held numerous events over the years, including the Michigan State Fair and a September 2016 campaign rally for then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
State officials say they’re considering other sites in Michigan that could be converted into COVID-19 care facilities, based on anticipated need. The Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District says its performed 26 site visits in Michigan so far.