Audit shows millions of dollars spent on design errors on new WBAMC

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A new audit shows millions of dollars have now been spent fixing mistakes at the new William Beaumont Army Medical Center in east El Paso.

The project is now three years behind schedule.

Construction started in 2013.

"I don't know what's taking them so long and a lot of money that they're doing with the taxes and everything,” said El Paso resident Claudia Ramirez.

KFOX14 is now learning that $178 million has been spent fixing mistakes.

According to the audit report, in May 2017, the U.S. Defense Health Agency notified Congress of the project’s cost increase.

In January 2018, the DoD announced an audit of the hospital’s construction project.

The report states that the original cost of the hospital was $812 million.

The cost of the project is now tallying up to $1.2 billion.

The report also states that as of March 2018, there were 978 contract change requests.

Those changes resulted in $178 million in losses due to design errors, time delays and contract changes.

Taxpayers told KFOX14 it’s upsetting to hear how much money was wasted.

"This is a military town and it shouldn't take that long to build a hospital for them,” said El Paso resident Alma Williams.

As we previously reported, the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers said the hospital is a complex project.

The project includes the main hospital, inpatient and outpatient clinics, an administrative building, research building, central utility plant, two access control points and surface parking.

The 1.13 million-square-foot complex will house 135 hospital beds, 10 operating rooms and 20 specialty clinics.

The new WBAMC was expected to open in 2016, but now it’s expected to be completed in 2019.

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