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VA hospital costs in Orlando are on track, officials say

Orlando Sentinel, August 1, 2012

Veterans Affairs officials overseeing the construction of the new Orlando VA Medical Center told U.S. Rep. John Mica on Monday that project costs are well under budget, and that the agency won't be asking Congress for any more money for the center's construction. In a congressional hearing in March, representatives from Brasfield & Gorrie, the main contractor for the project, testified that the project was running at least $120 million over budget. Congress has appropriated $665 million for the 1.2 million-square-foot medical center, which was supposed to open in October but has been delayed. In the meeting to update Mica on the project's status, VA officials committed to a summer 2013 completion.