USACE Awards $617 Million Contract for VA Health Care Center in El Paso

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, awarded a $617.5 million contract to Clark Construction Group, LLC, to construct a state-of-the-art Health Care Center in El Paso, Texas.

The almost 493,000 square foot, energy-efficient, health care facility will provide enhanced outpatient services to veterans such as primary care, mental health, specialty care, ambulatory surgery, and ancillary services.

“The successful construction award of the El Paso Health Care Center is the result of VA’s efforts to improve planning and implementation of a design-build project,” said Michael D. Brennan, PhD., Executive Director, VA’s Office of Construction and Facilities Management. “Most importantly, upon completion, the Health Care Center will service and improve access to world-class health care for more than 54,000 veterans in the El Paso area.”

The Fort Worth District’s team of designers, architects, engineers, project managers and supporting staff have extensive experience in managing construction of large-scale hospital projects, having managed the construction of Fort Bliss’s William Beaumont Army Medical Center in 2020, the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in 2017, Fort Cavazos’ Darnall Army Medical Center in 2016, and Fort Sam Houston’s Brooke Army Medical Center in 1995.

“We are proud and excited to help our partners at the VA build this world-class health care facility and improve the health care opportunities for our veterans in the El Paso community,” said Col. Calvin A. Kroeger, Commander of the Fort Worth District. “This project continues to build on our legacy of managing construction projects of this magnitude and providing invaluable facilities for our military communities.”

The El Paso HCC will be located on an approximately 36-acre site on Fort Bliss, Texas, near the recently completed William Beaumont Army Medical Center. The project includes site work primary utilities, new central energy plant, access roads, surface parking, storm water management, site lighting, landscaping, and associated improvements as required to support the center.