VAMC Orlando

Posted: June 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Contractors are attributing the Orlando VA Medical Center's "much-delayed" opening to politicians and VA officials' "poor oversight." Delays have pushed the completion date of the 1.2 million-square-foot facility back a year and half. Now the date has been pushed into March or April 2014 Quinco, the project's electrical contractor, owner David Deese said the VA's "slow approvals" on orders and many construction
suspensions forced him to lay off 60 workers; and extensive changes to the electrical drawings caused the contact cost, which "started at $45 million" to nearly double. Project Manager George Paulson said the VA "had a chance to prevent all that" last October, when the primary subcontractors developed a two-phase plan that would have cost the VA a "little more," but would have ensured the VAMC was finished by the original October 2012 completion date. Deese concurred. "We thought it was a no-brainer," he said. But the VA "said no, according to those involved." [Source: Orlando Sentinel Marni Jameson article 5 Jun 2012 ++]


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