A dispute over a potential $200 million
cost overrun in building a replacement Veterans Affairs hospital in
Aurora is now before a federal tribunal, with builder Kiewit-Turner
filing claims against the VA.
Kiewit-Turner filed its complaint
July 8 with the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in Washington,
sanctioned by Congress to hear disputes between contractors and federal
The contractor said it will continue work, but the builder has also indicated the nearly $600 million hospital won't be done until 2016, later than the VA has promised.
VA has disclosed to Congress that it has reshuffled its Colorado
project management to speed completion, and is renegotiating the
supposedly fixed building contract, according to a department letter
obtained by The Denver Post.
The July 12 letter to Congress, however, did not mention Kiewit-Turner's move to seek relief in federal courts.
veterans Thursday vented frustration at the VA's management and
secrecy, after years of delays in which officials seem blind to the
urgent needs of patients.