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Fort Hood Will Break Ground Next Monday On This Massive Hospital

Artist's rendering of new Fort Hood Medical Center
Image courtesy Balfour Beatty/McCarthy-HKS/Wingler & Sharp.
Fort Hood will break ground next Monday on this new 974,000 medical facility.

Fort Hood's Public Affairs Office is asking media to register for a groundbreaking ceremony next Monday for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's newest facility.  At 974,000 square feet, the $534 million building will be 60 percent larger than the current structure. For comparison, that's about the size of five Wal-Mart Supercenters.

Fort Hood says the Medical Center will include a six story hospital and three parking garages.

"This is the largest Department of Defense contract financed with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and the largest design-build project in the Department of Defense medical construction program," Fort Hood PAO said in a release.

Prichard Stadium, commonly known as Hood Stadium, had to be destroyed to make way for the new complex, according to the Killeen Daily Herald. Killeen ISD appears to have reached a deal that will see the stadium rebuilt in a different section of the Army post.

Check out more artist renderings of the new Medical Center here.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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