Together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bergen County and FEMA, Holt completed a temporary hospital in just two weeks at BNBMC in Paramus, NJ. The two fully equipped tents, the first of its kind for Army Corps temporary facility construction standards, serve as a treatment facility for acute, non-COVID related patients due to the influx of COVID-positive patients in the main building. The temporary hospital serves an additional 100 patients total and is 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, admission bay, nurse stations, 6 bathrooms with showers, staff 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 step-down transformer was provided to power the two tents. Complete life safety provisions were also installed including fire alarm, sprinkler, and fire extinguishers.
The team completed the project with help from the union labor workforce including over 80 carpenters, 20 electricians and 20 plumbers working in 3 shifts around the clock. Each shift was staggered in compliance with CDC, OSHA and Holt Health and Safety guidelines. All personnel were equipped with N95 face masks, face shields, gloves, and goggles, in addition to sanitation stations upon entering and exiting the site.