DynCorp International has hosted Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and local civic leaders at a COVID-19 alternate care facility the company helped build for the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, N.J.
DynCorp said it built the facility as part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency project awarded under the Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program IV contract vehicle. The company finished construction work on the 100-bed ACF over a 14-day period to support coronavirus response efforts.
“This USACE-LOGCAP project creates a proof-of-principle concept for future planning of large-scale global combat operations to meet rapid construction requirements,” said Garry Carter, director of the Army Sustainment Command’s LOGCAP program management office.
The temporary facility sits on a parking lot of the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and designed to accommodate 100 ambulatory and non-acute COVID-19 patients.
It was constructed to meet critical healthcare functions such as patient isolation, infection control, fire protection and life safety. The hospital will provide staff and services to operate the new facility.
The company said Semonite was pleased with the project and he noted that USACE should use LOGCAP construction services for urgent projects. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., joined Semonite on the tour.
“Corps of Engineers estimated the project to cost $15 million to construct,” said Richard Hayes, DynCorp’s LOGCAP IV senior director of operations. “However, we are on schedule to complete the project well under budget.”