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Louisville Breaks Ground on a New Medical Center for Veterans

Glad Doggett

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Courtesy of Louisville VA Medical Center Website

Groundbreaking has begun on Louisville’s new VA Medical Center, currently referred to as the Louisville VA Medical Center.

The full-service hospital will be located on 34 acres of land located at 4906 Brownsboro Road, off the Watterson Expressway. It will replace the existing 69-year-old Robley Rex VA Medical Center, located on Zorn Avenue.

The $840 million construction contract was awarded to Walsh-Turner Joint Venture II headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The Designer of Record is URS/Smith Group Joint Venture. They have multiple subcontractors that have been involved in the design and are supporting procurement activities. Jacobs Government Services Company (JGSC) is the commissioning agent who prepared the commissioning plan and commissioning specification.

The Veterans Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are partnering on the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District will serve as the design and construction project manager for the new Louisville VA Medical Center. This role includes design, contracting services and project management services from the construction start to finish.

“We are excited to reach this significant milestone in the project and look forward to breaking ground,” said Stephen D. Black, Medical Center Director of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in a USACE Louisville District press release.

"We are pleased to work alongside the USACE and Walsh Turner Joint Venture II to bring this world-class health care facility into reality for our Nation’s heroes. I want to recognize the support of our strong community partnerships and thank everyone who advocated to make this facility happen, especially our Veteran community in the Kentuckiana area,” Black said.

The Louisville VA Medical Center will include 104 beds, parking structures, a 42,205 square foot central utility plant, roadways and sidewalks, and is expected to be 910,115 square feet.

Modern patient-centered care concepts will be integrated into the facility, including a Women’s Health Clinic that will specifically address the needs of women Veterans.

Funding of the project took years of bipartisan support at the federal level.

U.S. Representative John Yarmuth and U.S. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell attended the Nov. 11 groundbreaking.

Construction will take approximately five years to complete, and the facility has an anticipated opening date in early 2026.

Click here to access the new Louisville VA Medical Center website, which contains renderings of the upcoming facilities, as well as FAQs.

Sources:

USACE Louisville District

Louisville VA Medical Center website

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