Westlake Alternate Care Facility

Bulley & Andrews (B&A) served as the design/build contractor that led the construction effort to reopen the former Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, IL. The previously shuttered 230-bed facility is temporarily reopening as an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for COVID-19 patients. The facility offers 430 patient beds and provides acute and intensive care.

Working under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the design/build team worked 24/7 to complete the project in three weeks. Performing with strict adherence to COVID-19 specific safety guidelines, the project required expanded Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) usage and rigorous COVID-19 centric screening which involved temperature readings upon entry to the jobsite. Over 350 trades people worked tirelessly to ensure the facility was ready for the “peak” in COVID-19 cases the State of Illinois anticipates in mid-May.

B&A and their partners were able to mobilize for this project within 18 hours from notice to proceed in order to execute the ambitious schedule. Tim Puntillo, President of Bulley & Andrews, noted, “the opportunity to apply our professional skills to something that has such a tangible impact on the community is the chance of a lifetime. And to do it alongside our most trusted and respected industry partners is one of the highlights of my career and Bulley & Andrews’ history.”
The project, which operated around-the-clock from inception to completion in order to finish on time, logged over 37,750 labor hours with no lost time incidents. B&A self-performed over 10,000 labor hours with no lost time incidents.  


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project Size

240,000 sq. ft.

Architect / Engineer

Anderson Mikos Architects


Construction Manager


Melrose Park, IL




“The collaboration on site has been like nothing I have seen in 26 years of military service. From day one, everyone brought their A-team, everyone brought an attitude focused on delivering the outcome and really focused on delivering the mission. Everyone worked hand-in-hand to overcome challenges and problems that otherwise would have taken weeks, if not months to solve.” Colonel Reisinger | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District