InTents April/May 2021 - 32

WE HAD TO
GIVE CREWS
EXTRA PAY TO
COMPENSATE THEM
FOR INSTALLING
AT PANDEMICRESPONSE SITES.
-DONNY VASQUEZ

Around the beginning of the
pandemic, Mahaffey also began
purchasing 2,000 10-by-10-foot tents
from a variety of providers nationwide,
such as Celina Tent in Celina, Ohio,
buying them in stages. The company
also manufactured some of these tents.
These were sold to a company
that, in turn, sold them to the City of
New Orleans. Their ϐinal destination
was inside the Ernest N. Morial
Convention Center, where they were
used as COVID-19 recovery rooms
(Mahaffey handled the installation).
As of this writing, 1,000 are still up.
WSSL sold its marquees to rental
companies or direct to other entities in
the U.S. and Canada that needed them
for pandemic purposes. These were
most often installed for testing or for
social distancing. This latter purpose
was the biggest reason, says Struthers,
explaining these were frequently used
by large retailers where people had to
line up outdoors in cold weather. Other
end users included schools, churches,
funeral homes and restaurants.
Like Smith, Vasquez says at the
pandemic's start, his company's business
" ground to a halt. " However, in March
2020, Made in the Shade began working
with health care consortium Kaiser
Permanente, delivering 20 smaller
marquees for COVID holding areas, triage,

check-in and administrative purposes,
installing these in Sacramento and in
nearby Vacaville (these are still up).
The company also provided ϐive
clearspans-ranging in size from
20, 30, and 40 feet wide-used for
drive-through testing. The tents began
coming down in December, although
one 20-by-40-foot clearspan is still
standing, serving as a drive-through
ϐlu vaccination tent. Made in the
Shade recently installed a 60-by-80foot clearspan in Solano County for
mass COVID vaccination purposes.

CHALLENGES AND UPSIDES
" We had to give crews extra pay to
compensate them for installing at
pandemic-response sites. They were
walking into the thick of things, around
people who were sick with the virus and
streaming into the hospitals, " says Vasquez.
Finding people willing to work
under tough or scary conditions
is one of the challenges tent rental
companies can face when it comes to
disaster response. Another is timing.
Disasters rarely announce themselves
in advance and they can strike when
least convenient for the rental company,
resulting in a mad scramble to provide
what's needed. Additionally, teams
can be sent out at all hours, and doovers are not an option. The bids can

TOP: This 55-by-103-foot modular
clearspan from Warner Shelter Systems
was installed in response to the Calgary
flood of 2013 and functioned as a mess
hall. The flood was a result of heavy rainfall
hitting the melting snowpack in the Rocky
Mountains, which caused sudden and fierce
flooding, necessitating the evacuation of
nearly 80,000 people.
BOTTOM: Warner Shelter Systems sells and
rents structures to the military. This 55-by200-foot modular clearspan serves as
the operations headquarters for Canada's
Department of National Defence. Photos
courtesy of Warner Shelter Systems Ltd.
32 intents

0421IT_16_33.indd 32

april-may 2021

3/30/21 9:48 AM



InTents April/May 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of InTents April/May 2021

InTents April/May 2021 - Cover1
InTents April/May 2021 - Cover2
InTents April/May 2021 - 1
InTents April/May 2021 - 2
InTents April/May 2021 - 3
InTents April/May 2021 - 4
InTents April/May 2021 - 5
InTents April/May 2021 - 6
InTents April/May 2021 - 7
InTents April/May 2021 - 8
InTents April/May 2021 - 9
InTents April/May 2021 - 10
InTents April/May 2021 - 11
InTents April/May 2021 - 12
InTents April/May 2021 - 13
InTents April/May 2021 - 14
InTents April/May 2021 - 15
InTents April/May 2021 - 16
InTents April/May 2021 - 17
InTents April/May 2021 - 18
InTents April/May 2021 - 19
InTents April/May 2021 - 20
InTents April/May 2021 - 21
InTents April/May 2021 - 22
InTents April/May 2021 - 23
InTents April/May 2021 - 24
InTents April/May 2021 - 25
InTents April/May 2021 - 26
InTents April/May 2021 - 27
InTents April/May 2021 - 28
InTents April/May 2021 - 29
InTents April/May 2021 - 30
InTents April/May 2021 - 31
InTents April/May 2021 - 32
InTents April/May 2021 - 33
InTents April/May 2021 - 34
InTents April/May 2021 - 35
InTents April/May 2021 - 36
InTents April/May 2021 - 37
InTents April/May 2021 - 38
InTents April/May 2021 - 39
InTents April/May 2021 - 40
InTents April/May 2021 - 41
InTents April/May 2021 - 42
InTents April/May 2021 - 43
InTents April/May 2021 - 44
InTents April/May 2021 - Cover3
InTents April/May 2021 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-june-july-2024
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-april-may-2024
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-february-march-2024
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-idea-book-2024
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-december-2023-january-2024
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-october-november-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-august-september-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-june-july-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-april-may-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/-intents-february-march-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-idea-book-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-december2022-january-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/intents/intents-october-november-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-august-september-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-june-july-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-april-may-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-february-march-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-december-2021-january-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-october-november-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-august-september-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-june-july-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-april-may-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/intents-february-march-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/1220IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/1020IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0820IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0620IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0420IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0220IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/1219IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/1019IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0819IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0619IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0419IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0219IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/1218IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/1018IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0818IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0618IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0418IT
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/intents/0218IT
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com