The Defense Department awarded a $641.4 million contract to Maryland-based Clark Construction Group and Atlanta-based Balfour Beatty Construction for the development of a new 345-bed medical center, which will house the combined operations of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center.
The new facility, called Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, will include a full range of medical services, including highly-specialized treatments for those who have been wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. The facility will also be used for postgraduate education and other training.
The most important mission for us is to provide the highest levels of care, comfort and convenience to our wounded heroes so they can focus on the most important mission of all, healing, S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said in a written statement.
The new facility, which will be located in Bethesda, Md., was congressionally mandated under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act. Construction is expected to be finished by September 2011. -- by Matthew DoBias
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