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Medical facility
expansions
Tenting supports state and federal efforts
to combat COVID-19.
by Sigrid Tornquist

hen state and federal government ofϐicials
made the decision to expand medical facilities
in response to the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases,
they turned to tent professionals across the country to
make it happen. Among the many companies that used
their expertise to help the efforts were Laurel, Md.based Select Event Group and Stamford, Conn.-based
Stamford Tent & Event Services.

W
RIGHT: Select Event
Group's 10-bed units
were designed to be
used for expansion ER
capacity or ICU capacity.
Each structure included
HVAC systems with air
scrubbers to remove
pathogens from the air.
BELOW: Select Event
Group installed nearly
70 tenting structures
at medical and other
institutional sites in
Maryland to prepare for
the anticipated increase
of patient loads due
to COVID-19. Crews of
three to four worked
on a three-day build
time for each structure.
Photos by Paul Corgan,
Select Event Group.

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Tenting for Maryland
Select Event Group responded to the state of Maryland's
need for tenting by designing and installing approximately
70 tents at almost as many sites within a 45-day window.
"While I cannot speak to the state's bid process, I do know
that they considered other types of solutions, such as
modular structures, as well as other tent providers," says
Alex Corgan, president of Select Event Group. "But at the
end of the day, they evaluated us as the only company in
the region with the inventory and resources to commit
to [providing tenting for up to] 100 sites within 45 days."
Outside emergency rooms, hospitals, detention facilities and more, the structures Select Event Group installed
were typically 30-foot-wide clearspan engineered structures in approximately 2,000-square-foot footprints. The
largest structure was 66 feet by 250 feet. The design for
each included one side with a ramp for access and one
side with steps; hardwall systems that allowed for headboards and other medical equipment to be mounted on
them; 4-foot decking; vinyl ϐlooring that could be washed
and sanitized; and double-door access on both sides.
Each installation was completed in three days, with
a crew of four to ϐive, and typically provided for a vestibule, nursing station, bathrooms and 10-bed units.
Select Event Group installed HVAC, complete with air
scrubbers to remove additional toxins, pathogens and
pollutants from the air.
Each site owner decided whether or not the structures were used to treat patients with COVID-19 or

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