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Army Corps Awards $5 Million Contract for Psychiatric Hospital at Mather

Sacramento, CA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has awarded a $5 million contract to a Reno, Nevada firm to build an inpatient mental health facility at the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System at the former Mather Air Force Base.

Geney/Gassiot Inc. will build the 12,600 square foot facility, beginning construction in spring 2011. The project is expected to take about 14-15 months to complete. "This facility will provide 16 inpatient beds for veterans with mental health needs," Corps senior project manager Ken Wing said in a press release. "This project will allow the contractor to hire local subcontractors/staff of all trades to complete this project," Wing added.

The Sacramento Veterans' Affairs Medical Center at Mather - operated by the federal government - serves some 1,250-1,300 veterans from throughout Northern California every day. The complex includes a 60-bed hospital and provides medical, surgical, mental health and diagnostic services. Approximately 800 people work there.

The Air Force Real Property Agency is responsible for remediation and property transfer at 40 former Air Force installations throughout the United States under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program. At the height of BRAC, AFRPA managed 87,000 acres - about 137 square miles of property. Since the first BRAC in 1988, the agency has transferred 88 percent, or more than 116 square miles of land, to local communities for public use - twice the area of Washington, D.C.

Media Contact: Linda Geissinger, AFRPA, Public Affairs Officer, (916) 643-6420 x109
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