Emergency Design-Build Construction on St. Croix

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MFS Construction provided services for a COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility at the US Virgin Islands National Guard Regional Training Institute (VING RTI). The project, converting army barracks on St. Croix into a 46-bed care center, was proposed in anticipation of the high number of patients who could potentially require hospitalization from the Coronavirus disease.

Photo: Russell Wicke USACE Savannah

MFS delivered personnel and support to the contractor for the design and construction, including the conceptualization of operations, site assessments and modifications, administration, and management efforts. Our team additionally provided construction services for major repairs and maintenance to a generator on site.

Before and during construction, the project team faced a variety of challenges including demanding timetables, finding ways to work around regional curfew hours, lockdown procedures, strict material specifications and scarcity, and limitations to mobility and access related to the pandemic. MFS was able to overcome these obstacles by utilizing our large network of experienced vendors, personnel and subcontractors across the Caribbean region, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well Southeast United States.

With the help of our vendors and dedicated staff, the project was executed efficiently, cost-effectively, and in a record time of 2 weeks, earning the praise of the United States Army Corp. of Engineers (USACE) Savannah District for the quick and thorough deliverance of the Alternate Care Facility.