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COVID-19 ICU Design Award

The COVID-19 ICU Design Award honors a critical care unit that was built or heavily modified from late 2019 through May 2020 to expand ICU bed capacity. The ICU design should be configured to provide care for COVID-19 patients as well as to ensure staff safety. This new award, available in 2020 only, has been conceived to identify and recognize a critical care unit that might not have been in operation before the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include:
  1. hospital wards
  2. operating rooms highly modified to function as ICUs
  3. newly constructed ICUs in an open space, whether built by the hospital or purchased or leased and installed as a prefabricated ICU
Applications are due September 1, 2020.

This award is sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The winner will receive a plaque and one complimentary registration to SCCM’s annual Congress.


The award will be presented to the entry that best combines and resolves both functional COVID-19 patient care and safety for staff in a unique and complementary manner. The focus of the design should be on rapid planning and design characteristics rather than process or administrative features. Applications will be reviewed in a blinded fashion according to the criteria of whether they demonstrate:
  • Innovation in rapidly creating a healing COVID-19 environment
  • Creativity in promoting staff safety and wellness in the setting of an aerosolized contagion
  • Commitment to efficiency, integrating technology and logistics support for patients and staff
  • Attention to innovative approaches to patient and family communication in the setting of no patient visitors

The awardee will be notified in November 2020.

For additional information regarding this award, please contact Carol Prendergast.