An ongoing dispute between the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie over design changes and delays at a $616-million Orlando hospital project escalated on June 15 when the agency notified the firm it had 10 days to deliver a new work plan or face termination. But the contractor contends that the VA has been unrealistic about schedule in light of the extensive design revisions.
In its "notice to cure," the VA's Office of Construction & Facilities Management cited the Birmingham, Ala.-based contractor's "failure and refusal to diligently pursue the work and insufficient workforce on the project." The agency indicated the contractor submitted a new work plan by the deadline of June 25, but neither the VA nor B&G would provide details. The agency stated it was reviewing the proposal but was unsure when it would respond.