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Secretary Shinseki Announces Over $153 Million for Biloxi
Date:8/12/2009

s are being constructed under a $12.4 million contract awarded to EASC/LS, a joint venture from Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Sustainable design components for the nearly 98,000-square-foot facility include using recovered materials, reducing waste and improving energy efficiency. The architectural design of the building is intended to preserve the historic beauty of the Biloxi campus. The anticipated completion date for construction of the new mental health facility is June 2011.

A separate project will improve the campus infrastructure to support the new additions, including expansion of the chilled water and steam plants and their distribution systems and upgrading the electrical system. Whitesell-Green Inc./ Batten & Shaw Inc. from Pensacola, Fla., will perform the work under an $18.7 million contract.

In January 2009, a contract for more than $35.4 million was awarded to Carothers Construction Inc. of Water Valley, Miss., to build an extended care facility on the campus of the VA medical center. The 105,000-square-foot facility will provide 96 inpatient beds for Veterans' care. Site work also includes surface parking, relocating underground utilities, roadwork and landscaping.

The first contract for $36.3 million was awarded to Roy Anderson Corp. of Gulfport, Miss., in September 2008 to construct a new two-story, mental health facility that will house outpatient mental health care and 64 beds for inpatient mental health care.

In 2008, VA spent more than $1.1 billion in Mississippi on behalf of the state's 212,000 Veterans. In addition to the Gulfport-Biloxi facilities, VA operates a major medical center in Jackson, plus nine outpatient clinics, two Vet Centers and three national cemeteries in Mississippi.


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