Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Best GEN Gearing Up to Manufacture 5,000 Medical Modules

Branden Bestgen’s personal perspective on the coronavirus pandemic did a complete about face in a matter of days.

And so did the direction of his Rapid City-based construction firm, Best GEN Modular.

Virtually overnight, Best GEN is shifting from building hotel rooms, college dorms and other modular spaces to helping fill a growing need in America for temporary emergency isolation hospital rooms.

Bestgen, raised in Sturgis and formerly the city’s assistant police chief, said he initially dismissed reactions to the coronavirus as little more than fear-mongering.

That perspective changed drastically two weeks ago when he visited his stepson, a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The day Bestgen was to fly home, the academy cancelled classes and ordered cadets to leave because of the coronavirus.

Then with the death toll mounting in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put out a plea for up to 140,000 critical-care isolation rooms and beds to handle the crush of patients.

Hearing Cuomo’s exasperation completed Bestgen’s transformation from ambivalence to action.

“I started realizing that this virus is one of the worst things our country has ever faced,” he said. “My perspective quickly shifted from fear to reality.”

On March 18, a Wednesday, Bestgen told his design team to come up with a plan to build hospital rooms.

He wanted it in place by the following Monday to manufacture 5,000 hospital rooms in 45 days.

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1 comment:

Marta said...

This is what our industry does best!