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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) asked BELFOR Charleston for urgent help. To reduce stress to their patients and keep a large influx of potentially infected people from entering their main hospital and Ambulatory Care facilities, MUSC needed a mobile COVID-19 testing site erected immediately. Collaborative discussions between MUSC and BELFOR produced an initial design.

In less than 48 hours, BELFOR transformed a 3-acre parking lot in West Ashley, SC, into a large capacity, drive-through testing site. The site serves Charleston and surrounding areas -- approximately 325 cars a day, six days a week.

The site comprises:

  • 2,750 linear square feet of fencing, 2,500 feet of electric cable.
  • Traffic pattern designed with roadways barriers, cones, signage, emergency lanes and gates.
  • Black zone restricted area where only hospital personnel, patients and BELFOR staff are allowed.
  • Six stations with tables, chairs, tent and a refrigerator/freezer unit for test kits.
  • Large freezer unit where completed tests are transferred from smaller units for daily pickup.
  • 10 hand wash stations.
  • 3-stall shower trailer for decontamination.
  • Portable offices for nursing staff.
  • Bathroom trailer and four light towers.

BELFOR also brought one of their Mobile Command Centers to the site. The Command Center has a conference room, high-definition screens, 32 computer workstations, satellite communications, and more.

On a daily basis:

  • A large freezer containing completed tests is picked up and taken to the lab.
  • Daily hospital staff meetings take place in the BELFOR Command Center.
  • A small BELFOR team stays on-site for any needed maintenance.

During the first seven days of operation, the design was reviewed by the hospital team daily and tweaked by BELFOR for maximum efficiency.

Review our COVID-19 Case Study by clicking here.


BELFOR Media Contact

Alexandra Gort
Phone: 610.594.5566