Corps Awards $333M Contract to Build New Benning Hospital

Design work to begin this month and facility to be finished by 2013, Corps of Engineers says

(Ledger-Enquirer) The replacement of Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning has taken a major step forward with the awarding of a contract to design and build the state-of-the-art facility.

Turner Construction Co. of Huntsville, Ala., made the $333 million bid to construct the 745,000-square-foot facility, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed Wednesday.

“We use a best-value selection process,” Corps public affairs officer Billy Birdwell said. “That means it may not necessarily be the low bid, but it will be the best value for the government and the taxpayer.”

The design and construction phase of the new hospital is expected to begin this month after the Corps of Engineers gives final notice to proceed with the project, which should be completed by summer 2013.

The medical facility will be nearly twice as large as the existing 393,000-square-foot hospital, which was built more than 50 years ago. It will have 70 in-patient beds and two wings — one for clinics, one for the hospital. There will be two parking garages.

“The goal is to provide our soldiers, our veterans and their families with a modern medical facility that will offer the highest quality of patient care and this contract is a milestone in the process of achieving that goal,” U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop said in a statement issued Wednesday. The Georgia Democrat’s district includes Fort Benning.

The new hospital was originally to be built next to the old one on Marne Road. But the Army Corps of Engineers moved the new facility to a patch of ground a half-mile away.

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SOURCE: Ledger-Enquirer


Posted October 2, 2009

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