At WSP, we are driven by one question: can we help societies thrive in a world we do not control? The need to help our clients and communities prepare for a rapidly changing future and unforeseeable events is at the core of who we are as a company.     


Phase I: Emergency Response

When time is of the essence and there is no room for error, WSP’s experienced emergency response teams are ready to help. Across the U.S., our experts are providing a range of services – coordinating logistics at emergency operations centers, managing equipment procurement and distribution activities, and advising healthcare clients.

Emergency Response

Phase II: What's Next?

As we assess the impacts of COVID 19 and plan a new, better path forward, WSP experts are helping public and private clients reconfigure workspaces, plan operational and project recovery, rethink 2020 disaster preparedness and design resilient infrastructure for a safer, stronger future.

What's Next?

While COVID-19 has dramatically altered the way we interact with the built environment and rocked the economy, WSP planners and engineers are always prepared for the unexpected. Through WSP’s Future Ready™ approach, our teams regularly work to anticipate future conditions to deliver solutions today that account for the challenges and changes our world faces tomorrow.

How can we help you navigate the new reality? Please read on and reach out for more information.

 

 

Operational Continuity


WSP consultants are currently working with public and private clients across the country to adjust to current budget and personnel shortfalls while keeping critical projects in motion. WSP is helping to get programs back on track in communities large and small, ensuring solid footing for the months and years to come, no matter what comes our way. 

Services

  • Business continuity planning
  • Risk assessment and disaster scenario planning
  • Environmental, health and safety audits
  • Facility use studies
  • Guidelines and best practices
  • Economic development
  • Strategic communications
  • Hazard mitigation planning
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Michael McKibben
Senior Vice President, Director of Environment
United States
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Economic Resources and Strategic Consulting


The severe short-term impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s economy is driving organizations to revisit core priorities and capital investment needs and anticipate infrastructure economic stimulus efforts. WSP advisors— including former federal, state and local executives and officials, and senior planning, policy and grant program leaders — leverages emergency response and recovery planning experience to proactively implement robust strategic planning processes. Since 2009, our team has helped secure over $25 billion in federal grants and loans for over 140 projects nationwide.

Services

  • Infrastructure Recovery Competitive Grants: grant opportunities identification, evaluation of projects for competitiveness, economic impacts and cost-benefit analysis, grant application development
  • Infrastructure Financial Recovery Strategies: funding options evaluation, program/project revenue analysis, capital plans review and reprioritization, financial and scenario planning
  • Infrastructure Enterprise Recovery Strategies: operations continuity planning; sustainability and resiliency planning; recovery management, coordination, tracking and reporting; procurement management support
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Funding: assessments of allowable reimbursement; preparation and processing of public assistance claims; GIS mapping; individual assistance support; audits and appeals; master plan formulation and consultation; grant management system integration
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Nathan Macek
Director, Project Development & Finance
United States
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Developing Organization Resilience

This article explores what organisations can focus on to build resilience in the time of a pandemic and the challenges that come from the unexpected impacts it has had on organisations functions.

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Advisory Services Response and Recovery

While we are all currently focused on the response to the COVID-19 crisis, it is important to look ahead and build a plan now for the recovery phase.

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Natural Disaster Preparedness, Responses and Recovery During a Pandemic


Coastal regions face increasingly intense hurricane seasons. Tornados, wildfires and flooding pose extreme threats to communities across the country. Federal, state and city agencies, in conjunction with health agencies and providers, must prepare for scenarios that allow for contagion management while advancing typical disaster preparedness. Leveraging deep experience managing both issues, WSP can help your team build customized plans to meet current requirements and account for concurrent crises.

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Services

  • Preparedness and planning consulting
  • Emergency response and recovery plans audit and updates, incorporating new pandemic guidance
  • Emergency commodities supply (generators/fueling, base camps, bottled water, on-site meals/heated meals, pumps, lighting, material handling equipment, ADA-compliant portalets and restroom trailers, satellite communication phones, etc.)
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Vince Ricevuto
Senior Vice President, Federal Programs and Logistics
United States
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Disaster Response on the Front Line

For decades, WSP USA has deployed logistics management and emergency response teams to help communities recover from natural and man-made disasters. Those teams are now adapting to serve the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Flexible Healthcare


As medical facilities begin to look past the initial influx of COVID-19 patients, WSP is helping healthcare clients prepare for a potential second wave of the virus and related impacts while maintaining the regular flow of routine patient visits, surgeries and other procedures. WSP engineers are also working with healthcare facilities to understand how emergency room design will change in light of what we’ve learned from COVID-19 and how to turn temporary treatment spaces into permanent, code-compliant solutions for treating critical and non-critical patients.

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Services

  • Flexible isolation wings/floors and Intensive Care Units (ICUs)
  • Design strategies to stay operational during a mass response event
  • Next generation ER design
  • Telemedicine facilities and services
  • Full suite of engineering services for new and existing hospitals
  • Building technology and smart systems
  • Building commissioning, including Level-5 Critical Systems Testing
  • Building security and cybersecurity
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Nolan Rome
Senior Vice President, Director of Healthcare
United States
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Meritus Medical Responds to Pandemic

Leach Wallace, a WSP Company, is part of a team acting swiftly to design and build one of the first critical medical care facilities in the U.S. specifically for treating COVID-19 patients.

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Boston Medical Reopens Medical Building

In three weeks, WSP USA upgraded an unoccupied medical building into a facility that is providing homeless Boston citizens with a place for care and quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Adapting Existing Hospitals

WSP USA health care engineers are providing rapid assessments of existing systems and solutions that can be implemented quickly to meet the needs of hospitals and communities.

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A Changing Workplace


COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we feel about coming to the office. Our WSP engineers can assess your existing workspace and create a plan to help your team and those you serve use your existing spaces safely. And when you’re ready to design your next space, our workplace experts can help you create an office that makes employees feel supported, drives productivity and encourages them to want to return to the office.

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Services

  • Facilities decontamination and disinfection
  • COVID-19 Return to Work Site Safety Plans
  • Ongoing compliance and performance monitoring
  • Onsite occupational hygiene assessments and air sampling
  • MEP system audit
  • Retro-commissioning
  • HVAC system analysis, modeling and improvements
  • Space utilization analytics and sensor technology
  • Location mapping, wayfinding, gesture control, mobile RFID
  • Flex spaces and convertible rooms
  • Internet of things and smart buildings
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Jay Wratten
Vice President, Property & Buildings
United States
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Better Air Quality to Fight COVID-19

WSP will be looking in detail at how the office will evolve in a post-COVID world, from how we’ll behave around our long-lost colleagues to how a working from home revolution will affect demand for commercial space.

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Changing Demand for Office Space

COVID-19 has focused minds on exactly what the office is for and how central a role it should play in corporate strategies and budgets, as well as making the strengths and limitations of home set-ups all too apparent.

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Can We Virus Proof the Office?

WSP will be looking in detail at how the office will evolve in a post-COVID world, from how we’ll behave around our long-lost colleagues to how a working from home revolution will affect demand for commercial space.

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What Will COVID-19 Mean for Coworking?

While the WeWork model of an informal ultra-high-density community is not compatible with COVID-19, the flexibility that coworking has brought to the market very much is.

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What about the elevators?

Vertical transportation is what makes multi-storey buildings possible. So what happens when enclosed spaces, push buttons and efficiency become the problem rather than the solution in this post-pandemic office?

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Physical Distancing to End the Office?

COVID-19 has turned the world of work on its head, forcing through tectonic changes in the way we communicate and collaborate overnight.

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Mobility Adaptation


Public transportation agencies are facing unprecedented challenges, including declining revenue, operator absenteeism, and new safety requirements for transit operators and riders, while continuing to provide critical access to essential work sites, food sources and medical treatment. Additionally, an unprecedented decline in air traffic has drastically impacted airport owners and operators. WSP provides strategies and tactical guidance to help transportation agencies, owners and operators respond to and recover from COVID-19, and inform future pandemic preparedness to safeguard operations, riders and employees.

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Services

  • Funding analysis and decision-making support
  • Development of mid-term and long-term recovery plans
  • Special operating service plans
  • Employee care, hazard pay policies and labor relations
  • PPE and cleaning supply tracking and management
  • Infectious disease control strategies
  • Continuity of operations planning
  • Facility and vehicle design for retrofits/new assets
  • Tolling/express lanes pricing strategies
  • Temporary parking plans and procedures for overflow aircraft
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Michael Mangione
National Markets Leader, Highway/Bridge Market Leader
United States
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Public Transportation

The impacts of COVID-19 on public transportation have been substantial and far reaching. WSP USA research recommends funding and finance resiliency planning considerations and recommendations for developing an action plan for transition and recovery.

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Aviation: Path to Recovery

Assisting our airport clients with navigating COVID-19 operational impacts through implementation of recovery and mitigation initiatives.

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Airport Parking Best Practices

WSP USA research recommends strategies for parking grounded aircraft during unprecedented air traffic decline.

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Scenario Planning

WSP research examines how applying a scenario planning approach enables decision makers in our cities to imagine different possibilities and test various factors and assumptions that could influence urban residential density and design, providing a framework to adapt to future scenarios.

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Tolling and Road Pricing: Post COVID-19

WSP research recommends how additional use of tolling, express Lanes and congestion pricing could fund necessary improvements while delivering clear benefits to the motoring public and reducing the impact of COVID-related current revenue loss.

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Agency Communications and Public Involvement


As constituent beliefs and behaviors have changed over the course of the pandemic, public agencies have had to revise communications and engagement plans. WSP public involvement practice is helping agencies around the country to develop appropriate messaging and delivery methods to ensure fair and effective communications for all, including those with limited digital access, language barriers and other communication obstacles.

Services

  • Market research
  • Virtual meetings and accessible alternatives
  • Health-focused communications
  • Liaison program for community leaders, health officials and government representatives
  • Communications audit and revision plans
  • Content development and delivery
  • Crisis communications
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Darrel Cole
Vice President and Managing Director, Communications & Public Involvement Practice
United States
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Science and Technology


High-Containment Laboratories

WSP provides specialized engineering and design services for some of the country’s most advanced high-containment biosafety level (BSL) 3 and 4 laboratory facilities.

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Services

  • Bio-containment design (BSL-4, 3Ag, 3, 2)
  • Biosecurity and biosafety consulting
  • Integrated systems engineering
  • Laboratory planning and equipment
  • Vivarium planning and equipment
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Les Gartner
Global Director, Science and Technology
United States
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Emergency Response

We are mobilizing our experts across the country to help our clients respond to the unique challenges posed by this pandemic. From advising our healthcare clients on the creation of isolation wings and temporary facilities to working on site at state and regional emergency operations centers, our team is proud to be providing critical support to help keep our communities healthy.

COVID-19 Rapid Response

 

Emergency Logistics and Supply


United States Postal Service (USPS) Emergency Services
As part of our contract to help maintain USPS operations in the face of disruptive emergency events, WSP has responded to multiple calls for disaster response services at sites across the country.

Florida Division of Emergency Management
We have supplied wrap-around services for the set up and provisioning of base camps and mobile urgent care facilities; procured and shipped field assessment site equipment and medical supplies; and delivered critical commodities.

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State-Level Emergency Response
In North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, New York, and Washington, D.C., WSP has been distributing a variety of essential medical supplies


Services

  • Emergency operations management staffing and support
  • Turn-key set up of mobile urgent care facilities
  • Field assessment site equipment
  • Medical materials and equipment
  • Points of distribution and supply operations
  • Generators/power/fueling
  • Portalets, hand wash stations, laundry and rest room trailers
  • Commodities provisioning (water, ice, heated meals)
  • Satellite communications
  • Asset tracking and management

Christopher Walker
Senior Vice President, Emergency Management
United States
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COVID-19 Response and Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting challenges unprecedented in modern times. From the health implications of the viral outbreak to shortage of equipment, supplies and facilities to handle its spread, to associated impacts to communities, businesses and economies, our societal resilience is being tested on many fronts.

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Healthcare Engineering


Build-Out, Conversion or Retrofit of Existing Space to Urgent Care
WSP offers rapid response engineering services to support conversion of existing facilities to temporary, modular healthcare facilities.

Application of H2HC & A2HC Concepts 
Using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Hotel to Healthcare (H2HC) and Arena to Healthcare (A2HC) concepts as a foundation, our team is analyzing and researching, and rapidly prototyping facility design solutions.

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Services

  • Facility/site assessment and selection for retrofit suitability
  • Engineering for isolation wings and temporary Intensive Care Units (ICUs)
  • Conversion of existing buildings to temporary, modular healthcare facilities
  • Mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) for new and existing hospitals
  • Medical gas systems
  • Systems integration
  • Building technology systems
  • Building commissioning, including Level-5 Critical Systems Testing
  • Building security
  • Mass response design iteration

Nolan Rome
Senior Vice President, Director of Healthcare
United States
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Environment, Health and Safety


WSP USA offers a broad range of technical, regulatory and management support services designed to assist our clients in addressing the complex and often complicated web of environmental, health and safety compliance requirements impacting business operations and transactions.

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Services

  • Infectious disease decontamination and disinfection
  • Business/contingency plan updating and development
  • Emergency notification – internal and public
  • Regulatory support – new OSHA reportable requirements for COVID-19
  • Safety management systems
  • Remote video regulatory inspection and auditing
  • Personnel training and lessons learned

Michael McKibben
Senior Vice President, Director of Environment
United States
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Crisis Communications


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We have assembled an expert group of communications and visualization professionals who have experience in all types of crisis and strategic communications.

Services

  • Online Meeting Solutions and Support
  • Issues Management
  • Strategic Communications Plan Development
  • Crisis Communications Plan Development
  • Guidance on Best Practices
  • Brand Management and Messaging
  • Staffing Solutions
  • Visualization Solutions
  • Graphics and 3D Renderings

Darrel Cole
Vice President and Managing Director, Communications & Public Involvement Practice
United States
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Inclusive Public Engagement

Since social distancing guidelines took effect as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many transportation agencies have been exploring online meetings as an alternative to the in-person public meetings they had been planning.

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Public Agency Guidance

Since COVID-19 shelter-in-place, public transportation agencies are experiencing unprecedented operational and funding challenges, while customers are facing extremely heightened health concerns about travel, transportation and mobility options.

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Communicating in a Crisis

Crisis and strategic communications are more important than ever. Our clients, public agencies and projects are all facing the immense challenge of communicating in a crisis.

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Thought Leadership

Our teams are helping our clients implement immediate solutions to help slow the spread of the virus and respond to community needs. Learn more about what we’re doing:


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Darrel Cole
Vice President and Managing Director, Communications & Public Involvement Practice
United States
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Les Gartner
Global Director, Science and Technology
United States
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Nathan Macek
Director, Project Development & Finance
United States
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Michael Mangione
National Markets Leader, Highway/Bridge Market Leader
United States
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Michael McKibben
Senior Vice President, Director of Environment
United States
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Vince Ricevuto
Senior Vice President, Federal Programs and Logistics
United States
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Nolan Rome
Senior Vice President, Director of Healthcare
United States
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Christopher Walker
Senior Vice President, Emergency Management
United States
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Jay Wratten
Vice President, Property & Buildings
United States
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