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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Jan. 16, 2020) – Fort Leonard Wood’s hospital replacement project is moving along. 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 begun, to include site and utility surveys.

The project is currently in the design phase with major construction to begin this summer. However, privatized electric and natural gas utilities have already been upgraded and relocated as necessary to support the new facilities, and construction of a temporary helipad is nearing completion.

The new hospital will be located on 52 acres just northeast of the existing General Leonard Wood Army Community 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.

“We are honored to be a part of this project and continue our long-term relationship with the Defense Health Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Craig Stearns, Federal Group Leader for JE Dunn Construction. “The military is committed to providing those who serve with world-class healthcare services and facilities, and we are thrilled to help them execute their mission.”

The design and construction of the hospital campus should take about four years, with an expected occupancy date in autumn 2024. Once complete, the existing hospital will be demolished.

Renovation of the existing optical fabrication lab and parking improvements are slated to follow.

Major construction on Fort Leonard Wood’s replacement hospital is set to begin this summer, with expected occupancy of the new facility in autumn 2024. (Photo Credit: Courtesy illustration)


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.

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