Third Floor Expansion nearly ready for patients, barring failed inspections

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The new expansion of the Grand Junction VA Medical Center is nearing the operational stages.

Construction for the project was formerly scheduled to conclude in the latter part of 2011, but the addition of minor projects, like a new lighting system and a physiological monitoring system, pushed the opening day into the first part of 2012.

The project has received a vast amount of press coverage during its final months of construction. Last year it was discovered that the contractor that was hired to oversee the Medical Center project was the same company that supervised the construction projects at Meeker Elementary, which were later found to be structurally inadequate.

Grand Junction VA Medical Center Public Officer, Paul Sweeney, states, "On this project we've always had full faith, and confidence in our contractor." Sweeney continued on to say that the Medical Center's own engineers have performed informal reviews throughout the construction period and they are "quite happy with the performance."

In total, the new expansion cost $14.5 million, and it will supply a single floor with 4 surgery operating rooms, an ICU, a recovery room, and a sterilization-processing room.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been set for the last week of March. Hospital officials expect to open their doors to patients as soon as a couple days following the ceremony.

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