The characters on the long-running TV series M*A*S*H never had to deal with a mobilization as large as this.
In a complicated land swap designed to enhance economic development while improving military security, the U.S. Army is moving its medical operations out of its Yongsan Garrisonlocated in downtown Seoul, the capital of South Koreaand relocating them to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreysmore commonly known as Camp Humphreyssome 50 miles away in Pyeongtaek.
A major part of the construction, which will see the base swell to nearly 3,600 acres from its current 1,230, will be a brand new medical complex that will include a 465,000-square-foot hospital costing at least $239.3 million; a 109,000-square-foot dental clinic costing $39.1 million; and a 1,190-space parking facility costing $23.9 million. The expansion is possible through the purchase of land adjacent to Camp Humphreys, and most of the construction expense will be funded by the South Korean government in exchange for the real estate in downtown Seoul and elsewhere.
Theyre building a new hospital, new schools, new airfields, the whole shebang, says James Draheim, senior vice president and associate managing principal in the Alexandria, Va., offices of HDR, the architectural-engineering-construction firm working on the new hospital.