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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System


News Release - Surcharging at New Orleans VA medical center construction site

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 News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karen Collins

June 6, 2011

(504) 565-4988

Surcharging begins at New Orleans VA medical center construction site

NEW ORLEANS — Yesterday, Department of Veterans Affairs construction contractors began unloading sand at the construction site of the $995 million VA medical center to prepare the site for pile driving.


This process, called surcharging, uses the weight of the sand to push water out of the ground, compressing it to reduce the settlement of any structure subsequently built.


In the first phase of surcharging, Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners, in a joint venture with Louisiana firms Woodward Design + Build and Landis Construction Company, will distribute the sand, build protective berms and create a drainage system. This phase of surcharging should take approximately six months.


“Surcharging is the next major step before we start driving piles and putting up new buildings,” says Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Director Julie Catellier. “We’re one step closer to providing the most modern, world-class service to Veterans, not only in Southeast Louisiana, but throughout the Gulf Coast.”


For issues or questions regarding construction of this project, residents can call the Community Outreach Hotline at 504-335-2435.  General questions about VA or its replacement medical center should be directed to the Project Legacy Office at 504-558-1433.


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