Fort Leonard Wood’s hospital replacement project continued to progress Monday. The second of six mat slab foundation placements is now being completed with the help of multiple cranes and concrete trucks. In August 2019, a $295 million design-build contract was awarded to Kansas City, Missouri-based firm JE Dunn Construction with RLF Architects of Orlando, Florida. The new hospital will be located on 52 acres just northeast of the existing General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (visible in the background). 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 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.