Construction to begin on new Fort Bliss hospital, job fair Wednesday

Clark McCarthy
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:44am

 Construction is set to begin on the hospital that will replace William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

The new facility, which is being built near East El Paso at Loop 375 and Spur 601, is scheduled to be complete by November 2016.

The $648 million hospital will be built as six separate buildings, totaling 1.1 million square feet, according to project contractor Clark McCarthy Healthcare.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected Clark McCarthy this past summer.

The U.S. Department of Labor told NewsChannel 9 that construction of the facility -- simply called "the new Fort Bliss hospital" at this time -- will require more than 1,200 full time and part time workers in its initial phase, then up to an additional 300 workers as completion nears.

Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande is hosting a job fair for construction workers Wednesday at the El Paso County Coliseum from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

So what will become of the old Beaumont hospital?

NewsChannel 9 reached out to WBAMC officials and asked whether the local Veterans Hospital, currently housed on the Beaumont campus near Central El Paso, will move into the larger hospital building.

Officials said future plans for the current Beaumont facility are still up in the air.

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