VA Hines boiler plant breaks ground

Published Dec. 15, 2016

On Nov. 10, 2016 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the groundbreaking of a new boiler plant at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois.

The $45 million project will include construction of a new physical plant to serve a 3.3 million-square-foot hospital campus. It will house four new boilers and an emergency diesel engine generator and connection and new construction of portions of the campus stream distribution system. Additionally, the project includes decommissioning and demolition of the existing boiler plant.

“We are excited and look forward to working with our partners at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Walsh Federal JV for the successful execution of this vital project.  We've had great success working with Walsh Federal previously on another award winning project; and look to bring that commitment to excellence to this effort too,” said Melody Thompson, Project Manager, USACE Louisville District.

“This project will provide critical infrastructure upgrades to support the medical facilities across the 147-acre campus; that includes a hospital which offers specialized clinical programs including Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery.  Coordination, communication and partnering among our team is going to be critical to our success,” said Thompson.  “As always our commitment is to provide a successful project that helps VA in their efforts to honor our Veterans with quality healthcare services.” 

The prime contractor, Walsh Federal Joint Venture, is expected to complete construction in spring 2019.