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To meet high snow load requirements, Fiesta
Tents modifi ed the tent with a 4-by-6-inch
extrusion for a 30-foot-wide tent with 10-foot bay
spacing. Photos courtesy of Fiesta Tents.
By the numbers:
* 2,400 square feet of tenting
and fl ooring
* Three days to install the tent
and fl ooring
* Three weeks to complete
the installation
* Average of six crew
members on-site
Montreal General Hospital
Trauma Center
At the height of COVID, Fiesta Tents builds a trauma center in just three weeks.
A
s the pandemic swept across Canada
in 2020, Fiesta Tents, located in SaintLaurent,
Que., received many requests to
help the Canadian health system cope with
the inlux of patients. The company would
ultimately be involved in several projects
ranging from remote Indigenous facilities
to testing clinics in downtown Montreal.
But one project stood out from the rest.
" The Montreal General Hospital required
an extra trauma center, separated
from its hot COVID zones, and time was of
the essence, " recalls Alexandre Renaud,
president of Fiesta Tents. " With no time
to build a new hospital annex, the general
contractor, with whom we had completed
projects before, contacted us to see if we
could do something. We created a partnership
and made the project happen. "
Fiesta Tents erected a Solar System 30
feet wide by 80 feet long tent that was
modiied for winter use by using a 4-by-6inch
extrusion. This installation took three
days to complete. The company then part18
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nered with Via Construction Inc., a general
contractor specializing in hospital projects,
to inish the interior with all the required
speciications and specialized equipment,
including plumbing, insulation, a medicalgrade
loor and medical gas piping.
" The main challenge of this project was
dealing with Canadian winters, " Renaud
explains. " The installation started in
October 2020 and the trauma center had
to be functional all winter. "
The irst step was making sure the
structure had an appropriate snow load,
which meant two major factors had to be
considered. The irst was obviously the
location of the tent, which unfortunately
had to be right next to the hospital,
causing it to receive snow accumulations
drifting from the hospital roof.
The second factor was what or, more
importantly, who the tent was covering-
patients in a trauma center. This was not
a group of people with the capacity for a
quick egress.

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