As the COVID-19 outbreak began to spread in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin was dealing with its own health crisis.

Out of their total population of 600 inmates, 109 had confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The immediate next step involved the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asking that the Lotter Building on the campus be renovated as an Alternative Care Facility (ACF) to provide a temporary housing solution.

JCP Construction was tapped for this project along with Gilbane, a national construction and facility management company, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As the teams gathered to kick off the project design at the beginning of May, all were outfitted with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to remain safe during site work. JCP was put in charge of clean up and demolition involving the dorms and common areas. The goal was to update, sanitize and establish the ACF as a safe and viable location to house inmates.

This was an incredible effort and we were proud to collaborate with everyone involved. We are pleased to say that our mission was accomplished ahead of schedule.