Case Studies

Mahaffey Supports Operation Allies Refuge with Massive Base Camp


A large Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor needed half a million square feet of structures in only three weeks. They knew Mahaffey was the only provider in the area who could deliver the scope, quality and turnaround that the project required.

The Challenge

As part of the global response to the crisis in Afghanistan, the United States government hired several national contractors to establish temporary housing around the country to support incoming evacuees. Because of the urgency of the unfolding events, the government wanted secure, high-quality structures in each chosen location as soon as possible.

Following guidance set by the government, one of the hired contractors had previously partnered with Mahaffey to create temporary lodging facilities for military recruits under a tight timeline. Based upon Mahaffey’s performance on that effort, the company called Mahaffey back a year later to collaborate on this new undertaking.

The government and client envisioned each location as being the site of a fully-functioning temporary village, complete with billeting spaces, offices, medical facilities, religious centers, classrooms, barbershops and more. In order to erect the structures, Mahaffey would also be responsible for coordinating between a crowd of other on-site vendors and visitors.

The Client's Structure Needed:


Half a Million Square Feet of Structures


Raised Floors






Restrooms and


Fast Turnaround



The Solution

DFAC_Construction_210930_(1)Mahaffey leveraged its expansive national footprint to immediately jump into action. Within three days of the contract award, Mahaffey had people and trucks on site. Within six days, Mahaffey had brought nearly 200 people to the project location to make the client’s vision a reality. For three straight weeks, Mahaffey’s teams worked from dawn to dusk, completing the installation in record time.

Following recommendations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mahaffey constructed 500,000 square feet of structures, including billeting space, amenities and community areas. The structures included heat, ventilation and air-conditioning capabilities, power generation, restrooms, showers and more to support the incoming evacuees. Mahaffey installed raised floors resembling hardwood inside the temporary structures to provide additional quality and comfort.


Because a project of this magnitude involves a lot of moving parts, Mahaffey coordinated with its network of strategic partners to ensure smooth installations for all the structures and amenities. Mahaffey’s expert project managers orchestrated a schedule to maximize efficiency for the client and stakeholders. Additionally, Mahaffey was working on a high-traffic site, so the team preserved the safety and security of the construction process by acquiring fencing and guards for the area.

The Result

Mahaffey’s expert team, expansive footprint and strategic planning allowed the project to go off without a hitch, despite the quick turnaround and unique site challenges. With Mahaffey’s expansive solution, the client was able to urgently support the ongoing evacuation efforts.

The Takeaways

Mahaffey can deliver quality temporary solutions for your most pressing needs. Our national network of strategic partners across the U.S. can be mobilized in a matter of days. Our experts can provide custom fabric structures and extensive amenities to minimize downtime and make your project run smoothly. Speak with an expert project manager today to get started.

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