(Fort Leonard Wood)–Fort Leonard Wood is scheduled to hold an official groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. June 22nd for the new General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. The ceremony will be virtual and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/fortleonardwoodmissouri/. 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, a 193,300-square-foot clinic, a central utility plant, emergency back-up generators, five-bay ambulance garage, helipad, and supporting facilities. In August 2019, the $295 million design-build contracts were awarded to Kansas City, Missouri based firm J.E. Dunn Construction with RLF Architects of Orlando, Florida — minor supporting construction has already been completed, including site and utility surveys.
Major construction on Fort Leonard Wood’s replacement hospital is set to begin this summer, with an expected occupancy of the new facility in autumn 2024.