Work on the fourth and final $260.3-million package for the new Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center will start in mid-October, as Brasfield & Gorrie begins building out the 1.1 million-sq-ft hospital and landscaping on the $665 million, 65-acre medical campus. The contractor was awarded the project in early September.

“The schedule is very aggressive, 720 calendar days, which is a little quicker than normal for that size hospital,” says George Paulson, project executive of Brasfield & Gorrie of Lake Mary, Fla., who expects a notice to proceed on October 13, 2010.

Becky Guogus, a biomedical engineer with the Orlando VA, says Package 4 includes the roof, walls, floors and all items beyond the foundations and structure, awarded previously. The hospital and clinic features an interstitial level above the ceiling of each of the floors in which ducting, electrical and other lines run. Deck-to-deck heights are 20 ft.

Brasfield & Gorrie will complete the $29.6-million foundations and concrete structure portion of the project this fall and a $30-million package with two parking garages and a warehouse in spring 2011.

RLF of Winter Park, Fla., designed the campus. RBVetCo, a service-disabled, veteran-owned company based in Pittsburgh, Pa., completed the $9-million site work and utilities package in May. James A. Cummings of Celebration, Fla., is working on the $38.4-million central energy plant. Turner Construction Co. of Orlando is building the $39.4-million, 120-bed community living center, 60-bed residential rehabilitation center and chapel.