Milestone: Fort Hood's Darnall medical center tops outMilestone: Fort Hood's Darnall medical center tops outhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=72562013-05-30T06:54:00Z2013-05-30T00:00:00Z

FORT HOOD - Construction of the new 947,000-sf Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center is about 25 percent complete as of May 2013. The topping out event signifies completion of the highest elevation point of construction.

The new facility will be about 60 percent larger than the existing 45-year-old medical center. The Army is expected to be able to occupy the hospital in summer 2014, with operations starting one year later.

The project sits on a 72-acre site and will include a six-story hospital tower, two two-story outpatient clinics, one three-story outpatient specialty clinic, ambulance garage, logistics building, central utility plant and three parking structures.

Darnall serves roughly 45,000 active duty personnel and nearly 125,000 military family members and retirees within a 40-mile radius.

A $540 million contract to design and build the new facility was awarded in September 2010 to Balfour Beatty-McCarthy Joint Venture of Dallas.The new facility addresses Fort Hood’s most pressing medical needs, which include the areas of behavioral health, specialty clinics and pediatric primary care.

About 66,000 sf of the new center is dedicated to behavioral health services. This area will include an outpatient component, a Resilience and Restoration Center, Department of Social Work, and Hospital and Administrative Psychiatry.

The fourth floor of the new medical center will be devoted to women’s services. It will include nine labor-delivery-recovery rooms, two C-section units, a 12-bed neonatal intensive care unit and a 28-bed mother baby unit.

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