By Laura Ann Sills - email
FT. BENNING, GA (WTVM) - CONSTRUCTION HAS STOPPED ON THE MARTIN ARMY HOSPITAL.
The Government Accountability Office recommended that a new contract be awarded for the construction of the Martin Army Community Hospital. In September, the contract was awarded to Turner Construction Company of Huntsville, AL. Their partner was a New York company, Ellerbe Becket. The Accountability Office received two protests against the contract citing conflict of interest issues.
Friday, the corps announced they will award a new company the contract after further discussion.
Colonial Thomas Dale McDonald says, "While we realize that we're all excited about this new hospital, the bottom line is we support the United States Army Corp Engineers, their process, and these recommendations. The Staff at the Army Community Hospital remains committed and they are going to do a super job taking care of our families and soldiers and continue to provide them with world class health care."
Work on the hospital was suspended in February. No time line has been released for the award of the new contract or when construction will begin.
The U.S. Army Medical Command does have a plan to provide Ft. Benning soldiers and their families with the highest quality health care during the construction. Officials tell News Leader Nine four new clinics will be opened.