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As many of you saw in the media, on March 11th a 1,000-pound propane tank exploded at the Replacement Hospital construction site. While this did stop construction for one day to allow Aurora Fire Department to conduct an investigation, we resumed work almost immediately. While we expect the impact from this accident to be minor, VA and Kiewit-Turner will continue to carefully investigate the affected areas.

We’re pleased to announce that Kevin Lindsey has accepted the position of Project Executive, and will be starting on April 6th, 2014. Mr. Lindsey was previously with U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. While at Central Command, his responsibilities included oversight of $3.6 billion in Military Construction (MILCON) contingency programs, and he also executed construction projects ranging from $1 - $100 million in Northern Colorado. We’ll try and make Mr. Lindsey available for a meeting soon.

Some quick facts:

•Concrete core walls for the north and center clinic buildings have been completed and structural steel for the north clinic building is complete to the third floor level.

•Energy center foundation walls are complete, foundations, substructure and cores are complete.

•Over 6,431 tons of structural steel has been placed, with Clinic Building North now 95% complete with structural steel.

Overall, we’re now over 42% complete.


February and early March produced some cooler-than-normal weather, which did impact exterior work.  But we’re still on schedule and work is progressing well – windows/glazing is now at 98% complete!

       Most of the current work is still focused on the interior - interior framing and mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins, as well as new work such has hanging doors. And we have completed all elevator installs.

       We’re still very consistent with putting Veterans to work on the site - an informal survey of Sub-Contractors show that we’re keeping the average of 10 Veterans employed on the various construction crews.

       Overall Completion percentage is at 85%.