CallisonRTKL Responds to COVID-19: 3D Printing PPE

Clare Sausen April 20, 2020

All over the world, essential healthcare workers are facing face mask and PPE shortages as they combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In many of our offices, we have access to 3D printers for assistance in design, modeling and planning—which gave us an idea. We can repurpose our existing technology to do what we do best: design with people in mind. Read on to learn how our designers are coming together around the world to alleviate face mask and PPE shortages for our most vulnerable workforce.

In Seattle, volunteers have delivered hundreds of printed face shields and fabric face masks to One Medical, Harborview Respiratory Department, UW Cardiology center and Harrison Medical Center – St. Anthony Hospital with plans to continue.

In Chicago, volunteers have distributed shields and masks to Lurie Children’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.


Our Washington, DC team is aiming to produce PPE for Washington Adventist Healthcare and MedStar Health employees. Currently, our New York City office is joining in the effort for these locations with hand-sewn masks.

In Dallas, our team is planning to distribute their shields and masks to OneEQ.

Our Mexico City team is also working to print shields while they evaluate the most critical and at-risk local healthcare employees.

The Miami office is donating their hand-sewn masks to Baptist Health.

Our Los Angeles team will be donating their first batch of printed face shields to Huntington Hospital. After this first donation, they plan to continue their printing efforts while reassessing local needs for their next donation.

At CallisonRTKL, our goal has always been to design with a brighter, healthier world in mind – and we are lucky to work with the talented people who are willing to take us there, no matter the circumstance.


Author Spotlight

Clare Sausen
Clare Sausen is a Content Writer for CallisonRTKL. Based in Washington, D.C., she leverages her personal and professional experience in journalism, radio, and nonprofit communication to serve as a valuable member of the global firmwide team. Since attaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in Communication and American Studies, she has honed her craft of architectural storytelling across multiple platforms.