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Corps breaks ground for replacement hospital project

Los Angeles District
Published June 1, 2012
Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas (right) from the Army's Western Medical Command speaks with Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division commander, during groundbreaking ceremonies held May 30. The 216,000 square-foot Weed Army Community Hospital is to be the first net-zero, carbon neutral medical facility in the nation.

Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas (right) from the Army's Western Medical Command speaks with Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division commander, during groundbreaking ceremonies held May 30. The 216,000 square-foot Weed Army Community Hospital is to be the first net-zero, carbon neutral medical facility in the nation.

Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Buckner (left), the command sergeant major for the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, speaks with Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division Commander, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the 216,000 square-foot Weed Army Community Hospital facility May 30. The USACE Los Angeles District manages the nearly $160 million project which is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Buckner (left), the command sergeant major for the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, speaks with Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division Commander, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the 216,000 square-foot Weed Army Community Hospital facility May 30. The USACE Los Angeles District manages the nearly $160 million project which is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr (right center), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division commander, breaks ground for the 216,000 square-foot Weed Army Community Hospital May 30. On Wehr's left is Maj. Gen. 
Richard Thomas from the Army's Western Medical Command. The new facility is to be the first net-zero, carbon neutral medical facility in the nation.

Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr (right center), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division commander, breaks ground for the 216,000 square-foot Weed Army Community Hospital May 30. On Wehr's left is Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas from the Army's Western Medical Command. The new facility is to be the first net-zero, carbon neutral medical facility in the nation.

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Groundbreaking ceremonies held May 30 marked the start of construction for a replacement to Ft. Irwin’s Weed Army Community Hospital, built more than 40 years ago.

“It should be noted that this is, in fact, one of the Army’s largest military construction projects breaking ground this year,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr, South Pacific Division commander.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District manages the nearly $160 million contract awarded to Turner Construction Company of Washington, D.C.  The 216,000 square-foot facility is to be the first net-zero, carbon neutral medical facility in the nation.

“You’ve got a consolidation of clinics, a more robust facility in terms of earthquakes and it’s powered by solar power, over 5 acres worth of solar collection… not only taking care of our Soldiers, but taking care of the environment,” said Wehr.

Since 1978, the USACE Medical Center of Expertise has supported more than 425 medical treatment and research facilities, including new hospitals at Fort Hood, San Antonio, Fort Belvoir and Fort Knox.

“This is more than a building; it is a national commitment to the strength of our Army, which is based in our Soldiers and the families that support them,” Wehr said.