St. Elizabeths Hospital (Courtesy of Turner Construction Company)
St. Elizabeths Hospital (Courtesy of Turner Construction Company)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Universal Health Services Inc. announced Friday that the Turner Construction Company and MCN Build will jointly construct the St. Elizabeths East Hospital in Ward 8.

The hospital will consist of a 136-bed facility on the St. Elizabeths East campus and will be aided by two urgent care health centers in Wards 7 and 8.

The Ward 8 urgent care center will be located at the Maple View Flats development on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and set to open in later this year and the Ward 7 component will be done in 2022.

“We remain committed to building a health care system that meets the needs of all residents, attacks health disparities, and makes us more resilient for the challenges that lie ahead,” Bowser said in a statement. “With this announcement, we are one step closer to transforming our health care system and delivering a state-of-the-art hospital in Ward 8.”

The contract is worth $375 million and supports about 2,000 jobs. The partners have agreed to invest at least 35% with local certified business enterprises (CBE), meet the District’s First Source Requirements where city residents receive preference in hiring and construct the hospital utilizing a Project Labor Agreement.

The project is slated for completion in late 2024.

“The Turner/MCN team is excited to be a part of this much-needed project that will improve health care equity in the communities east of the Anacostia,” said Darien Grant, Turner/MCN vice president and general manager. “It is incredibly rewarding to know that our work will provide a safe, high quality and efficient, full-service hospital and ambulatory care facility located close to the residents it is intended to serve. Turner’s annual completion of $3 billion of health care work combined with MCN’s experience in the District makes this a powerful team prepared to achieve all project goals. We look forward to engaging with the community in order to maximize their involvement during the construction of the facility.”

James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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