Construction contract awarded for new hospital at Fort Leonard Wood

Existing hospital at base.

Fort Leonard Wood is one step closer to getting a new hospital.  

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a construction contract for the project last week.

The 235,000-square foot hospital will replace the existing structure which was first built in 1965.  

The new facility will house a clinic, central utility plant, back-up generators, ambulance garage, helipad, and supporting facilities.  

The project is estimated to cost almost $300-million and take about four years to complete.

Congress passed funding for the project last year.