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Army puts Fort Wainwright hospital project on hold

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Plans to replace the aging hospital at Fort Wainwright have been put on hold.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has canceled its solicitation of construction bids because proposals have come in too high.

''For now everything is on hold and we're going through an evaluation process trying to determine what to do next,'' Corps spokeswoman Pat Richardson said Thursday. ''It does leave things up in the air.''

The Corps is overseeing replacement of the 47-year-old Bassett Army Community Hospital. Construction of the proposed 259,500 square-foot hospital was expected to begin this spring, with completion expected in 2005. Site preparation began last year.

Richardson said she could not answer questions about the project's fate until the reevaluation is completed. She did not know when the reevaluation would be completed.

She also would not comment on how many bids were received before the Jan. 19 deadline and would not say by how much the bids exceeded the four-year, $99.8 million budget.

The new hospital would have 22 patient beds and house all supporting offices within the same facility. It would serve all Interior military, dependents and retirees.

Congress appropriated $133 million for the construction of the new hospital and demolition of the old hospital.



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