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Mortenson Builds Triage Tents for COVID-19 Patients

Last week, Mortenson Portland’s healthcare construction team installed two medical triage tents for a large healthcare provider that will serve as overflow hospital space for the emergency department. The triage tents feature full power, emergency power, as well as negative air pressurization and air filtration. In tandem with the tent erection, the team also converted an existing exterior decontamination shower area into a new portable ex-ray room. As our healthcare system prepares for a possible surge of COVID-19 cases, the tents will prevent cross-contamination between patients and increase space in the emergency department for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

At Mortenson, our highest priority is the health and safety of our team members, customers, project partners and the communities where we live and work.  As such, the Mortenson team followed the guidance of health experts and maintained physical distancing while constructing the tents, utilizing digital meetings and planning sessions to work with both the client and local jurisdictions.

“I feel truly blessed that I was given the opportunity to bring peace of mind to my community during these troubling times.” Jack Johnson, Senior Superintendent with Mortenson said. “My son has chosen a career in healthcare and is currently caring directly for COVID-19 patients. I honor him and other healthcare workers, that have chosen to fight back against this virus.”

“I will never forget the sight and sounds of several police cars and ambulances driving around the tent with sirens blaring after we had completed the project.” Eric Gbur, Carpenter with Mortenson said.  “In appreciation and thanks for healthcare workers, I am grateful for the opportunity to do something good for my soul.”