Public Affairs Office
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (June 22, 2020) — Fort Leonard Wood held an official groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. today for the new General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. The ceremony was virtual at and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/fortleonardwoodmissouri/videos/946382352481819/.
The construction of the hospital campus is expected to be completed in autumn 2024. The existing hospital will then be demolished.
Renovation of the existing optical fabrication lab and parking improvements are slated to follow.
The new hospital will be located on 52 acres just northeast of the existing hospital. Facilities to be constructed include a 235,400-square-foot hospital, 193,300-square-foot clinic, central utility plant, emergency back-up generators, five-bay ambulance garage, helipad and supporting facilities.
In August 2019, the $295 million design-build contract was awarded to Kansas City, Missouri based firm JE Dunn Construction with RLF Architects of Orlando, Florida — minor supporting construction has already been completed, including site and utility surveys.
Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency, talks about the reasoning behind building the new hospital at Fort Leonard Wood:
Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency, speaks about the improvements to services the new hospital will provide the Fort Leonard Wood community.
Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency, talks about the changes in planning brought about by COVID-19.
Lt. Gen. Raymond Scott Dingle, U.S. Army Surgeon General, talks about the necessity of building a new hospital:
Speech from the ceremony:
Maj. Gen. Donna Martin, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood.
About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 80,000 military and civilians each year.
Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.
Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.
More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission