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Army Corps chooses contractors for new Ft. Hood medical center

Richard Pizzi, Editorial Director, HIMSS Media

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected a joint venture to design and build a replacement hospital on the Army base at Fort Hood, Texas.

Dallas-based Balfour Beatty Construction and St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies will lead the design-build team on the project. Dallas-based HKS Architects and Wingler & Sharp, based in Wichita Falls, Texas, will serve as architectural design partners.

The $503 million project will include a hospital, outpatient clinics, ambulance garage, logistics building, central utility plant and three parking structures. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is funding approximately $351 million of the design and construction budget.

The new facility will replace the existing 45-year-old Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. Construction is scheduled to start in April 2011 and finish in May 2014.

The medical center will showcase numerous innovative sustainable features and be designed and constructed to achieve LEED Gold certification, said Leon Blondin, division president for Balfour Beatty Construction.

“Our team aimed to create a world-class hospital environment that ... promotes evidence-based design and is an environmentally sensitive place for healing and learning,” said Blondin.

He added that the project team would maximize the use of building information modeling (BIM) tools to help facilitate collaboration and coordination of all project aspects during design and construction.

The firms working on the Fort Hood project have together designed or built more than 2,000 healthcare projects nationwide with a combined value exceeding $25 billion.

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