Fort Leonard Wood’s hospital replacement project continues to progress, with major construction to begin in June.
Temporary road closures and detour routes will be necessary throughout the project’s four-year duration, with some occurring in the next few weeks. These include:
— June 12 to 15 and 20 to 21: A section of First St., east of the Nebraska/Spruce Ave. intersection will be closed. The detour route is Army Ave. and Nebraska Ave.
— June 15 to 19: Temporary traffic controls and pavement markings will be installed along Missouri Ave. and First St. to establish the Nebraska Ave. detour route.
— June 23 to Oct. 14, 2023: Nebraska Ave. will be closed between First St. and Army Ave. The North Dakota Ave. spur will also be closed.
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 been completed, including site and utility surveys.
The new hospital will be located on 52 acres just northeast of the existing hospital. Facilities to be constructed include a 235,400-square-foot hospital, 193,300-square-foot clinic, central utility plant, emergency back-up generators, five-bay ambulance garage, helipad and supporting facilities.
The official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for June 22 near the current General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital site.
“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 construction of the hospital campus is expected to be completed in autumn 2024. The existing hospital will then be demolished.
Renovation of the existing optical fabrication lab and parking improvements are slated to follow.
(Editor’s note: Information for this story was provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.)