First steel column placed in new WHASC
Construction workers place the first steel column in the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center A wing Jan. 6, 2012, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The wing is part of the first phase of the WHASC construction project, which also includes a 1,000-car parking garage. Approximately 650 tons of steel columns and beams will be placed in the A wing. The steel is fabricated in Elmendorf, Texas, using 60 to 90 percent recycled material from across the U.S. (Courtesy photo)
First steel column placed at new medical facility



by Sue Campbell
59th Medical Wing Public Affairs


1/12/2012 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Construction continues on the new Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, or WHASC, here as the first steel column was set in place Jan. 6, 2012.

"The A wing construction is proceeding as expected," said Debi Hurrell-Zitelman, medical program coordinator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Several more columns are now in place and all steel columns and beams should be in position by May."

Approximately 650 tons of steel columns and beams will be placed in the A wing. The steel is fabricated in Elmendorf, Texas, using 60 to 90 percent recycled material from across the U.S.

The A wing is part of the first phase of the construction project, which also includes a 1,000-car parking garage. The 681,000-square foot facility will have four wings, each three stories tall with a basement. The facility will be constructed in three phases and house more than 40 outpatient clinics and services when completed.

Construction of the state-of-the-art medical facility is projected to be completed in 2015. The current building will be demolished after the new WHASC is fully operational.

The project is part of the San Antonio Military Health System's objective to improve its military health care facilities and provide better access to care and treatment for its beneficiaries and their family members.