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The Tupelo Emergency Response Shelter

Highly-mobile, All-composite, Emergency Response Production Shelter

Tupelo Shelter rendering in parking lot.

Rendering of the Tupelo Shelter in action

In direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Core Composites is leveraging our network of composite engineers, builders, and suppliers with prior shelter expertise to deliver, at an unprecedented pace, a simple, versatile, highly-mobile, production shelter to aid in the containment of COVID-19, domestically and globally.

Key Design Features

  • Flat Pack Design: Easily transported by truck, train, ship or forklift.

  • No Material Handling Equipment (MHE): Does not require any special equipment for set-up.  Fork lift will be helpful but can be assembled with human labor.  Heaviest panel is 220 lbs.

  • Rapid Install:  Can be set-up by human labor in a few hours.

  • Ready for any relatively level Terrain: Easy leveling and locking caster wheels for deployment but can be blocked up for rougher surfaces

  • Integration Scalable: Can bolt together into multiplexes to meet large space requirements. 

  • Expandable: Include removable sides and end walls to enable adaptability and expansion.

Composite Value-Add

  • Reduced Maintenance: Structures made with composites have a long life and require little maintenance.

  • Weather Resistant: Composite materials resist damage from extreme weather that can attack other materials. All edges are closed out so no mold or water egress.

  • Corrosion Proof & Chemical Resistant: Composite materials provide long-term resistance to severe, abrasive, and toxic chemicals.

  • Increased R-Value Insulation: Significant insulation, reducing heating and cooling requirements.  Approximately R 8

Integration & Options

  • Modular Lighting: Thin, lightweight, and energy efficient LED lights provide optimal illumination for field hospital operations.

  • Wiring System: Wires and harnesses are recessed into the roofs.

  • Negative/Positive Pressure and Air Filtration: Full HVAC, air filtration and pressure capable is available as an option. 

  • Sanitary & Easy to Clean: Washable walls and floors with drainage capacity built into floors to allow for safer, and faster cleaning of the shelter.

  • Medical Electrical & Water: Full electrical waterfall and water connection that can be adapted for medical requirements.

With past success in shelters like the Joint Warfighter Shelter of the Future, debuting in April 2019, Core Composite’s founder, president, and chief innovator, Rich O’Meara, sees the opportunity to make an immediate positive impact on the crisis with easily deployable, easily sanitized shelters for on-site test facilities to make them accessible and highly mobile as more kits become available.


The shelters are designed to be easily and strategically “multi-plexed”, with segregating capacities, with other rigid Tupelo Shelters and additionally with soft shelters. The shelter can be quoted to specified configurations. This dynamic design can adapt to fit needs in healthcare for treatment and testing, and perhaps in the evolving classroom setting as well.


The shelter can be “flat-packed”, meaning the shelter walls can be stacked on top of each other for high-volume, rapid transportation to affected areas. The shelter will be 20’x10’x10’ and can be easily expanded to larger sizes with additional panels.

Core Composites is now partnered with ADS, Inc, a defense contractor with experience in military shelters, to begin the sales process to the US Department of Defense.

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