Two Covid-19 emergency response field hospitals and surge hospitals have been built in California, one in San Diego County and a second in Tulare County.

Herman Construction Group started construction in April and completed both within two weeks, adding 450 beds to the state’s capacity for treating Covid-19 patients.

The hospitals include a 203-bed Federal Medical Station (FMS) at Palomar Medical Center Escondido and a 246-bed Alternate Care Facility (ACF) at the Porterville Developmental Center in Tulare County.

ACF will accept non-Covid-19 patients who are less ill in order to enable hospitals to cater to more severe cases.

Herman Construction Group CEO Lars Herman said: “We completed both of these emergency turnaround projects on an accelerated time frame; what would normally take us weeks took days.

“They will both function as community-wide resources in order to add more hospital beds to the region’s inventory.”

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The build of the Palomar Medical Center Field Hospital involved construction of floors 10 and 11, which contain 24,000ft2 each. The $3m project is said to support the local health care system by offering additional bed capacity in San Diego County.

Herman Construction also concluded the $2m ACF at The Porterville Developmental Center in Tulare County.

The Center is said to be part of an 80-year-old campus that caters to people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. It is set to close late next year.

In addition, six buildings that were unoccupied on the PDC campus for more than 25 years have been retrofitted by Herman Construction for the Covid-19 ACF.