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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. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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