Fast, dependable work meets the healthcare crisis head-on

The Challenge: When the Army Corps of Engineers asked Archstone Builders to rapid-build a COVID-19 hospital in East Orange, New Jersey, the Manhattan-based construction company had 300 workers on the job the next day.

The Deadline: Less than two weeks to complete a 110,000 sq. ft. critical medical facility to address the patient treatment crisis.

How They Did It:
• The Archstone team worked around-the-clock for 13 days, with two 12-hour shifts.
• The five-story, semi-vacant office building needed new plumbing, electrical, HVAC, emergency power, wireless communication and fire alarm systems.
• They relied on an on-site, real-time design-build process.
• Exhaust fans for the roof were flown in from Ohio and lifted five floors up by crane.
• The building generator and transfer switches were delivered after a two-day-straight drive.
• There was constant interaction with the client (Army Corps of Engineers), hospital CEO, and Health Department and government officials, with briefings three times a day.
• Flooring, lighting and cosmetics were all installed efficiently.

The Result: “The building was 50 years old, so it was like opening Pandora’s box,” says Joe Moran, Archstone director of construction. “But we were not going to fail.” They didn’t. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy opened the critical facility on schedule, and patients moved in right away. Zero workers contracted the virus. It’s the only permanent COVID-19 hospital in New Jersey.


This job was quite a feat. Archstone can produce amazing results for your company, too.

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