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More Soldiers, Bigger Hospital

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on March 26, 2012

Workers are one year into constructing an Army hospital to replace an aging facility that was never intended to handle as many patients as it does today.

The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, slated for a 2015 opening at Fort Hood in Texas, is both the largest Pentagon contract funded by the Recovery Act – $530 million – and the largest medical facility project in the military.

The original Darnall hospital opened in 1965 to serve 17,000 soldiers; an addition in 1984 expanded capacity to 39,000 troops. Today, the hospital serves roughly 45,000 soldiers as well as nearly 125,000 family members and retirees within a 40-mile radius.

The new medical center will be nearly 60 percent larger than the current facility and will include a six-story hospital, three out-patient clinic buildings, and three parking garages.

Balfour Beatty/McCarthy, based in Dallas, designed and is building the medical center.

Demolishing old building to make way for new medical center, left; drilling for placement of massive, concrete piers for foundation.

Artist’s drawing of lobby of new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

Artist’s drawing of lobby of new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

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  1. lionsdetroitcom said, on April 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    It’s great to see the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center going up, it’s more than needed and I’m happy about it so don’t take my opinion in a bad way. I just really hate the fact that more and more medical care is going to be needed because it seems that we can never stop the fighting.

    We should probably be building 2 new centers because the numbers of injured and phyically, emotionally and mentally sick from war is on the increase every year it seems. I’m praying for these kids, I really am. As I said though, I’m VERY happy to see such a needed facility being built.

    – Jessica

  2. E l james said, on June 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I thought there was a new facility built a few miles from there about 5 years ago..?

  3. Jose Vestani said, on August 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    It looks like it will be a beautiful building when completed.

  4. Wachiturro Rc Sabe said, on November 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Very Impressed, great infomation keep up the great work

  5. Fitness Program said, on December 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    What good news! This building looks excellent. I’m proud of these soldiers and they deserve nothing but the best.I hope they start a program where injured soldiers can work with each other to get though there injures together.


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