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From Parking Lot to Field Hospital in 14 Days

The project was a Holt collaboration with local and federal officials Photo courtesy of Holt Construction
Construction took just 14 days Photo courtesy of Holt Construction
Construction took just 14 days Photo courtesy of Holt Construction

This “temporary” hospital may not be so short-term. The medical facility built in just 14 days during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey in the spring is remaining in place in the case of a resurgence of the virus in the fall, said Holt Construction. Together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bergen County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Holt Construction built the temporary hospital in just two weeks at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) in Paramus, New Jersey. The two fully-equipped tents, the first of its kind for Army Corps temporary facility construction standards, was constructed to serve as a treatment facility for up to 100 acute, non-COVID-19 related patients due to the influx of COVID-19-positive patients in the main building.

The structures include an admissions bay Photo courtesy of Holt Construction
The structures include an admissions bay Photo courtesy of Holt Construction

Built in a large parking lot adjacent to BNBMC’s main building with a covered walkway linking the two facilities, each tent structure includes 50 inpatient beds as well as an admissions bay, nurse stations, six bathrooms with showers, hospital staff nourishment and support areas, a nurse call system in each patient room, medical gas storage, medicine storage and soiled holding. The temporary hospital required plumbing and sprinkler to be run from the main hospital into the barren parking lot. With assistance from Bergen County and PSE&G representatives, new incoming primary power with a stepdown transformer was provided to power the two tents. Complete life safety provisions were also installed, including fire alarm, sprinkler, fire extinguishers and other life-safety systems. This required a significant coordination effort with assistance from local architects and engineers. James J. Tedesco, county executive of Bergen County, coordinated the trades, municipality and county representatives and PSE&G over the two-week period to meet BNBMC’s deadline.

Originally planned to be temporary, the structure remains in place in case of a resurgence of the virus Photo courtesy of Holt Construction
Originally planned to be temporary, the structure remains in place in case of a resurgence of the virus Photo courtesy of Holt Construction

The team completed the project with help from the union labor workforce including over 80 carpenters, 20 electricians and 20 plumbers working in three shifts around the clock. Each shift was staggered in compliance with Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Holt health and safety guidelines. Social distancing was strictly enforced at all times across the project site, and all personnel were equipped with N95 facemasks, face shields, gloves and goggles, in addition to sanitation stations upon entering and exiting the site.

Each tent can accommodate 50 patients Photo courtesy of Holt Construction
Each tent can accommodate 50 patients Photo courtesy of Holt Construction

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