On April 22, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Commanding General LTG Todd Semonite and local civic leaders toured DynCorp International’s (DI) New Bridge Medical Center COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility (ACF) site in Paramus, New Jersey. In support of this Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) project, USACE chose the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP IV) contract vehicle to meet New Bridge Medical Center’s rapid construction requirements.
DynCorp International built the 100-bed facility on a 14-day construction schedule.
The New Bridge ACF is a temporary facility built on a parking lot of the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center to accommodate 100 ambulatory, non-acute COVID-19 patients to meet critical health care functions with an emphasis on patient isolation, infection control, fire protection and life safety. The medical center will provide hospital staff and services to operate the alternate care facility.
By working together and merging the cultures of the USACE’s deliberate design build processes with LOGCAP’s rapid contingency construction capabilities, DI met the short construction schedule. “This USACE-LOGCAP project creates a proof-of-principle concept for future planning of large-scale global combat operations to meet rapid construction requirements,” stated Director Garry Carter, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, LOGCAP Program Management Office.
The Corps of Engineers estimated the project to cost $15 million to construct,” said Richard Hayes, DI’s LOGCAP IV senior director of Operations. “However, we are on schedule to complete the project well under budget.”
LTG Semonite was pleased with the project and indicated USACE should use LOGCAP construction services where it makes sense for urgent projects.
Also in attendance was Representative Josh Gottheimer from New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District.