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Corps Offers Update on Nationwide Hospital Expansions

April 14, 2020
Racing to meet emergency deadlines across the U.S., the Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing daily updates. This chart summarizes activities to date.

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District is working to expand capacity at medical facilities in East Orange, N.J. and Paramus, N.J. as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

USACE Philadelphia District is providing planning, engineering, contracting and construction management support to the State of New Jersey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to address possible medical facility shortages due to COVID-19. The mission is part of a nationwide federal, state and local effort to respond to the public health emergency.

The latest national snapshot of Corps activities, as of April 13...

Late last week, the USACE Philadelphia District awarded two contracts, and construction is ongoing at the following locations:   

  • East Orange General Hospital, East Orange, N.J. - contract awarded to Cutting Edge Group, LLC to convert currently unused hospital space into a 250-bed facility; construction began on April 9, 2020.  
  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Paramus, N.J. - contract awarded to Conti Federal Services, LLC to convert the hospital’s gymnasium into a 30-bed facility; construction began on April 9, 2020.

Mission Background

In late March, the USACE Philadelphia District formed teams and began conducting facility assessments in close coordination with the New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Department of Public Health. USACE provides the State with the assessments, which contain information on the possible conversion of existing buildings into alternate care facilities.

In total, the Philadelphia District has completed 22 facility assessments in New Jersey and has done similar facility assessments in Delaware and in eastern Pennsylvania (the Baltimore District is leading USACE support to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania).

The USACE Philadelphia District has also provided engineering support related to the installation of pre-stocked, rapidly deployable Field Medical Stations at the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, N.J., the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, N.J., and the Atlantic City Convention Center.   

During emergencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the federal government's primary public works and engineering support agency. As part of the unified national response to emergencies, USACE deploys hundreds of people to provide technical engineering expertise.

About the USACE Philadelphia District:

Established in 1866, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District manages water resources of the Delaware River basin; builds facilities for the Army and Air Force; and provides engineering and environmental services for other agencies. We serve more than nine million people across portions of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Our reach extends around the world with our support to Overseas Contingency Operations.