Walsh Construction in Chicago, IL received a $71.6 million firm-fixed price contract to build a 4-story addition to the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL. The work also provides for some demolition and renovation work for tie-in connections to the VA Medical Center in North Chicago, IL.
The new center is the result of merging the North Chicago VA Medical Center and the Great Lakes Naval Hospital. The USA’s first joint Veterans Affairs (VA)/Navy care facility is scheduled to open in 2010, and will care for nearly 100,000 veterans, sailors, retirees and family members. The project was originally a $130 million joint initiative, and is named after astronaut and Chicago native Jim Lovell. Most people know him as the commander of the “Houston, we have a problem” Apollo 13 mission, but he was also the command pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit. Lovell is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Work will be performed in North Chicago, Ill., and is expected to be complete by July 2010. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 3 proposals received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Midwest in Great Lakes, IL (N40083-08-C-0059).