Army Corps of Engineers stayed ahead of building challenge by being proactive

April 30, 2020

Todd Semonite, in charge of the Army Corps of Engineers, is leading the Corps as it converts hotels, dorm rooms, and massive convention centers into makeshift hospitals around the country, according to an interview on The Atlantic website.

The first was in New York’s Javits Center — now a 2,000-bed hospital. The Corps is building or has built close to 30 similar projects around the country, in Illinois and New Mexico, Colorado and California, with more on the way.

Semonite decided early on the the Corp couldn’t wait to cities called on them. They needed to have this planned.

The Corp has a universal plan. Corp official’s approach  mayors and the governors, and  say, ‘Here is a capability we can do for you. Do you need this or not?’”

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