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U.S. Pays $157 Million to Restart Colorado Hospital Project
From the Wall Street Journal of Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:17:02 EST

Construction of an expansive new veterans hospital in Aurora, Colo., restarted Monday, following the resolution of a contract dispute that had threatened to derail the project, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said.

VA officials said they had reached an interim agreement, including a $157 million payment for costs owed by the department, with Kiewit-Turner, the company working to build the hospital. Earlier this month, Kiewit-Turner walked off the job after the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in Washington found the VA had breached its contract with the builder.

Delays and cost overruns have long plagued the project, prompting VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson to travel to Aurora last week to apologize publicly to Colorado veterans.

Under the new agreement, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will serve as advisers to the VA and help determine a long term plan to finish the hospital, which is about halfway completed.

“We appreciate the continued dialogue and collaboration with Deputy Secretary Gibson and the Corps of Engineers, as we all work together on this important project for Colorado-area Veterans,” said Scott Cassels, executive vice president for Kiewit, in a statement.

Write to Dan Frosch at dan.frosch@wsj.com



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