Coffman will propose bill to fund Aurora VA hospital beyond $800M

“Right now there is nothing that we can do to reverse the costly mistakes that the VA has made given its deplorable mismanagement of this project. This project can’t be left sitting there half finished,” he said in a statement Monday.

AURORA | Congressman Mike Coffman said a temporary deal struck between Kiewit-Turner and the Department of Veterans Affairs to complete construction of the VA replacement hospital would run out of money in three months.

“Right now there is nothing that we can do to reverse the costly mistakes that the VA has made given its deplorable mismanagement of this project. This project can’t be left sitting there half finished,” he said in a statement Monday.

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

Construction workers pack up their personal tools Thursday morning at the over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project site near Interstate 225 and East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

Construction workers pack up their personal tools Thursday morning at the over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project site near Interstate 225 and East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

Construction workers pack up their personal tools Thursday morning at the over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project site near Interstate 225 and East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

Construction workers pack up their personal tools Thursday morning at the over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project site near Interstate 225 and East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

Construction workers pack up their personal tools Thursday morning at the over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project site near Interstate 225 and East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

Construction workers pack up their personal tools Thursday morning at the over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project site near Interstate 225 and East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold
VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

Construction workers pack up their personal tools Thursday morning at the over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project site near Interstate 225 and East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

The over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

VA Hospital: Construction on Hold

Construction workers pack up their personal tools Thursday morning at the over-budget Denver VA Medical Replacement Project site near Interstate 225 and East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The project is currently on hold after a federal board of appeals ruled that the VA had breached its contract. Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said Colorado delegates were working to keep Kiewit-Turner as the contractor for the hospital so that the 1400 people who were laid off can come back to work. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Coffman said he would introduce a bill in January to increase the $800 million spending cap that Congress placed on the VA when it authorized the construction of the Aurora hospital. According to Coffman, the VA has already spent $730 million dollars on the half-built hospital that Kiewit-Turner has said will cost over $1 billion to complete.

Last week, the VA and Kiewit-Turner reached an agreement to temporarily resume construction on the hospital while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers negotiates a new contract with Kiewit-Turner to complete the hospital project. The Army Corps will then assume all management responsibilities on the Aurora project through its completion, according to the statement.

Officials also said last week that some construction workers would return to the site Monday, but the massive hospital site remained quiet this morning with what appeared to be less than a dozen workers back on the job, mostly from Kiewit-Turner.

  • Fed up

    Needs to be completed, BUT people need to be held accountable. Lets see where the money went. Coffman the Republican big spender already, go figure.

    • Frank2525

      He will have to go far to match POTUS. While at it, check out the solar farm in
      California that got a very large Grant to build, with a loan repayment schedule. Now up and operating, cooking the birds who fly through it, and killing any growth of vegetation under it, they did not get enough sunshine to reach commitment, and now cannot make their first loan payment. Have application in for more funds to make that payment due. Try going to a bank and borrowing money to buy house or car, and when you find insufficient funds, go in and ask for loan to cover your payments. How many other such funds were expended for green energy, that promptly went bankrupt, taking our tax funds.

      • Retiree

        So very predictable.

  • Frank2525

    For others information, check out the massive spending Democratic party and others spent to try unseating Mike Coffman. He has Civilian business experience, military in 2 services, and filled about every major Colorado position, except Governor. Do you really think Andy would have had experience, or clout to know where and how to apply for funds for this program, that has been in the works since 1991, when BRAC was considered, leading to Lowry and Fitzsimons closing in 1994 and 1997. Fedup ignores that, with his tweating. Might review the election last month, for how we think about that.

    • Retiree

      So predictable.

      • Frank2525

        You could have saved your tweating time and effort with that predictable comment. Same crap you posted during the campaign, and I challenge you to find where I have changed any of my positions. You evidently still cannot or will not look back at your comments. I am not sure what you retired from. I suspect you were pushed. As for me, I have been retired from active service since 1976,and have been involved with Colorado politics actively, as a volunteer veteran retiree since 1991, when Maj. Gen. James Pennington was at Fitzsimons Theatre, during BRAC closing of military, and was advising Pres. Bill Clinton, and both houses of Congress that “pay us now, or pay us later”, and “we are not sheep, to be shorn”. That was when military healthcare got dumped onto civilian market, under insurance without adding doctors or nurses. Gen. Pennington said then “the time will come when American Voters will not want to pay high cost of Healthcare. So take your tweating back, and research history of Military Retired Grass Roots, on website: authored by MSgt Floyd Sears (now deceased). ——–This POTUS has done nothing for this retiree, and senior citizen, who paid taxes all his life. Merry Christmas to you.

  • Frank2525

    I referred to1991 in prior comment. Military Veterans Organizations in Colorado have been affiliated for many years, meeting as United Veterans Committee of Colorado (UVC) (see website) and BRAC of 1990 era showed that Lowry and Fitzsimons would be closed. Started then, and Lowry closed 1994, Fitzsimons 1997 which was serving all middle country for military hospital needs, with regular, scheduled plane flights. When Colorado Hospital system (schools and hospital) moved from Denver, entire Colorado delegation, including Governors Office worked for new facilities, to replace old, inefficient facilities on Colorado Blvd. which could not expand. This construction, design, funding has been hung up by politics, change of President, and Congress. Should have been completed years ago, same as 3 other VAMCs. Need is more now, and future, than the past. Continued kwibbling by individual, Johnnie-come-latelys , may appear, but we need high level decisions now. AND GET IT BUILT. Too many who worked and fought for this are now deceased.