There could be further delays in the construction of the new Orlando VA Medical Center which is rising at the Medical City in the Lake Nona area.
The hospital is already over budget and there have been a number of delays. That is at the heart of the fight between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the contractor building the facility, Brasfield & Gorrie.
Brasfield & Gory is under what's is known "show cause" order that comes due on Monday, which means they have to demonstrate why they should not be fired from the project.
U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, met with VA officials on Wednesday. Congressman Mica said he is trying everything he can to make sure the project stays on track by staving off construction delays.
"I've heard everything from 30 days to half a year, so it could be a long time," he said. "To me, that should not be an option. We've got to find a way to move this project forward, get the parties to settle their differences afterwards and continue the construction."
The congressman said there are similar delays at other locations where VA projects are under way, such as in Oklahoma and Louisiana. Rep. Mica said he will have a follow up meeting with VA officials next week to get a status report on that show cause order.
The new Orlando VA Medical Center sits on a 65-acre campus in southeast Orange County. The 1.2 million square foot facility was budgeted at $665 million to construct. The medical center will have a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, 134-inpatient beds, 120-community living center beds, a 60-bed domiciliary and administrative and support services.
The VA will be in close proximity to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, the Burnham Institute, the University of Florida Academic and Research Center, and Nemours Children's Hospital.