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Rapid Response: Mahaffey Builds Base Camp for Prestigious Military Academy

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When one of the most prestigious U.S. military academies found themselves in need of temporary structures to provide accommodations for hundreds of incoming cadets, they chose Mahaffey. This institution is hailed as the nation’s finest American service academy and welcomes thousands of recruits to earn competitive training and education.

While they had been providing living quarters for soldiers for more than 200 years, the sudden circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic meant they needed more space than ever to properly social distance their men and women in uniform. As an approved GSA provider, Mahaffey is well-versed in working with many branches of government and delivering rapid response, thorough attention to detail and hands-on project management.


The Challenge

Mahaffey Base Camp ExteriorMahaffey was tasked to build 24 sleep tents and one large dining tent at a remote base camp to house hundreds of soldiers during cadet summer training. These structures would help expand on existing base camp living space to improve the quality of life for the soldiers during their two-month stay. 

All of the structures provided would need amenities like lighting, HVAC, electricity, flooring, cots and tables/chairs. The most important detail for the client was getting these structures up and running as quickly as possible so Mahaffey got to work providing quality structures in a short time frame.

A critical element of this job was bringing the need for on-grid amenities to a mainly off-grid construction site. By working closely with the client and clearly defining expectations, this was made possible in a timely manner. Defining expectations is one of Mahaffey’s fundamental behaviors.


The client’s structure needed:

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Living, Dining, and Sleeping Quarters
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HVAC Systems

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Safety Features and Equipment
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Lighting

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Rapid Installation

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Electricity & Power
     

 

The Solution

The client communicated a strict schedule for project completion for Mahaffey that required a quick and clean approach to construction. The academy was expecting hundreds of new soldiers within a matter of weeks and needed the structures in place before their arrival. Mahaffey teams had less than a week to dispatch and install all 25 structures.

Mahaffey Base Camp SetupMahaffey’s quick response to this project is another direct example of one of our fundamental behaviors.

Due to the layout of the military academy’s property, Mahaffey teams were forced to find unique solutions to space and time constraints. The location of the 24 temporary barracks required that the tents be constructed close together — Mahaffey placed each structure with a forklift over concrete pads for support. This approach accommodated the tight space requirements and ensured that the structures would stay secure and intact through any weather conditions.
In addition to our normal offerings, this solution included generators and daily fuel deliveries in order to bring the “GRID” to a remote, off-grid site.

Mahaffey’s massive inventory, nationwide footprint and experienced, full-time field installers allowed Mahaffey to dispatch a 20-installer crew within one day of contract award and complete this massive base camp in less than seven days.


Mahaffey’s solution included the following features:

  • 1 66' x 132' x 10' DFAC (Dining Facility Tent)
  • 5 steel double doors
  • Exit signs
  • Fire extinguishers
  • 15 LED lights
  • 24 17' x 24' personnel tents

 

The Result

Mahaffey's Base Camp InteriorThis project required a tight timeline, creative solutions and professional, turnkey services. Thanks to the organization and timeliness of Mahaffey crews and project managers, the total project time from initial client contact to end of construction was just three weeks.
Thanks to Mahaffey’s experience and full time, dedicated field crews, the team was able to surge the job site and keep the project on track, despite the unusual construction maneuvers required.

Shortly after the original installation, the contracting officer in charge reached out to Mahaffey with a need for an additional DFAC space in light of COVID and social distancing needs during meal times. Mahaffey had the structure installed in just three days. The academy expressed their gratitude for the Mahaffey teams and said that their work far exceeded their expectations.


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“The Mahaffey team delivered legendary services with their expertise and quick installation time.”

—John, Procurement Manager



The Takeaways

As an approved GSA provider, Mahaffey has years of experience in delivering turnkey solutions for military and government clients. Mahaffey's portfolio includes customized hangars, barracks, DFACS, and other structures for the Coastguard, U.S. Air Force, and the Marine One helicopter fleet. If you have a need for temporary fabric structure solutions, turn to a partner trusted by America’s Military with a proven track record of consistently delivering. Choose Mahaffey.


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Topics: Lunch and Break Areas Military and Government Base Camps and Living Facilities