A Colorado congressman is pressing the leader of the Veterans Affairs Department to explain a two-year delay on a construction project to build a new VA medical center in his district.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) described the postponed project as a “disservice to the veterans of the Rocky Mountain West” and said any further delay is unacceptable.
In September 2010, the Veterans Affairs Department awarded Englewood, Colo.-based Kiewit-Turner a $1.3 million contract to begin pre-construction services for the Denver VA Medical Center replacement hospital. The facility will be located on the same campus as the University of Colorado Hospital complex in Aurora, and is on the same site as the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. Construction for the 206-bed, 1.126 million-square hospital is expected to be finished in 2014, according to the VA, which also announced last year that it would increase the number of employees at the hospital to 2,000 from 1,815.