Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.
Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital in Aurora.
The VA says construction on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital will stop if Congress doesn’t authorize more spending on the project within a week.
The Veterans Affairs Department expects to spend about $340 million to buy medical equipment and train staff for its new Denver hospital, on top of the estimated $1.73 billion to build the facility.
Congressional testimony and internal Veterans Affairs emails show the VA has no outside construction expert helping its investigation into massive cost overruns at its new Aurora
The Veterans Affairs Department expects to spend about $340 million to buy medical equipment and train staff for its new Denver hospital, on top of the estimated $1.73 billion to build the facility, officials said Saturday.
Plumbers, electricians and carpenters are still at work on the veterans hospital in Aurora while the Veterans Affairs Department struggles to find another $830 million to finish it.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it rejected about $355 million in cost savings suggested by the contractor on the over-budget Denver VA hospital because it considered them unacceptable.
The chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee demanded an explanation from the VA Wednesday for huge costs overruns and construction delays at the new Denver veterans hospital.
Members of Congress are warning that construction of the Denver area’s new Veterans Affairs hospital could stop again unless the department shows it is getting the project back on track.