In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Federal Emergency Management Agency designate TCF Center as a temporary alternate care facility in Detroit.
Construction is being performed by the TCF Center workforce and union labor. The site includes approximately 1,000 beds to help relieve the burden to local hospitals treating patients with COVID-19. With guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other officials, the site is designed in the most efficient way possible in order to allow the convention center to resume normal operations in the weeks ahead when this crisis eases.
In addition, the TCF Center has not lost sight of their clients. In collaboration with the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, they are working very closely with customers to reschedule events at a time most beneficial to them.
As they navigate this unprecedented time, TCF Center is fully prepared to do its part in supporting their residents and community. They stand in awe of the tireless and dedicated healthcare workers and first responders who are the true heroes of this time.
The TCF Center alternate care site is one of the fastest builds in the country given the quality of the experienced workforce and the world-class facility and technology upgrades made during its $279 million renovation.
With 723,000 square feet of exhibit space, TCF Center, formerly Cobo Center, boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in the U.S. and is the 17th largest convention center in the country. For more info, visit www.tcfcenterdetroit.com.
In 2009, operational control of TCF Center transferred to the the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, under a collaborative agreement by the Michigan State Legislature, the City of Detroit, and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Each of these entities has an appointed member on the DRCFA Board. Larry Alexander is the appointee of the Governor of the State of Michigan and serves as chairman of the board. For more info, www.drcfa.org.