Work begins on new Army Hospital at Fairbanks

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Work has begun on the new Bassett Army Community Hospital here, a five-year project that eventually will mean a 258,000 square-foot facility with 22 medical-surgical beds and 10 maternity beds.

This year's work on the $133 million facility will involve site preparation and building a separate 7,000 square foot office.

Construction of the hospital's superstructure will begin next spring and occur in phases, with different groups of subcontractors moving in and out over the years.

The hospital, at the Army's Fort Wainwright, will have three main floors along with a basement.

Outpatient services will be on the first floor. The second floor will house inpatient services, while the third floor will be home to the hospital's administrative offices and computer and electronic control stations.

The facility will not have an intensive care unit. Those patients will continue to be served at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

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