By Mark French
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Leonard Wood’s hospital replacement project is moving along. In August 2019, the $295 million design-build contract was awarded to Kansas City, Missouri based firm JE Dunn Construction with RLF Architects of Orlando, Florida — minor supporting construction has already begun, to include site and utility surveys.
The project is currently in the design phase with major construction to begin this summer. However, privatized electric and natural gas utilities have already been upgraded and relocated as necessary to support the new facilities, and construction of a temporary helipad is nearing completion.
The new hospital will be located on 52 acres just northeast of the existing General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Facilities to be constructed include a 235,400-square-foot hospital, 193,300-squarefoot clinic, central utility plant, emergency back-up generators, five-bay ambulance garage, helipad and supporting facilities.
“We are honored to be a part of this project and continue our long-term relationship with the Defense Health Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Craig Stearns, Federal Group Leader for JE Dunn Construction. “The military is committed to providing those who serve with world-class healthcare services and facilities, and we are thrilled to help them execute their mission.”
The design and construction of the hospital campus should take about four years, with an expected occupancy date in autumn 2024. Once complete, the existing hospital will be demolished.
Renovation of the existing optical fabrication lab and parking improvements are slated to follow.