VA puts hospital builder on notice: Hurry or else
Jan 19, 2013 (Orlando Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
In its second official threat to fire the main contractor for the Orlando VA Medical Center, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has issued another warning to Brasfield & Gorrie.
The VA gave the contractor 10 days to fix the problems. B&G responded by the Friday deadline, but would not share details of the reply.
The last time the VA issued a warning, called a "cure notice," to B&G was in June. Both notices cited B&G's "failure to diligently pursue work," said VA spokeswoman Josephine Schuda.
The notice also alleges that B&G has not had enough workers on the job to meet the contract's extended completion date of summer 2013, as well as "deficiency in the quality of work produced."
Relations between the VA and the contractor have been strained since the $665 million hospital, initially scheduled to open last October, fell well behind schedule.
B&G blames the delays on flawed and incomplete design drawings, poor communication and excessive changes.
"We are surprised again by this cure notice and believe it is unsubstantiated," said B&G spokeswoman Tracey Sibley.
"Our hope is that the VA recommits to improving communication and goal realignment," said Sibley. "We have every intention of continuing to work with the VA to develop a winning strategy."
"With less than 30 percent of the construction for the project remaining, this project can and should be completed in the summer of 2013," Schuda said.
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