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Aurora VA hospital 78 percent complete, on track for early 2018 opening

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AURORA, Colo. -- After years of delays and claims of gross mismanagement, the new Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora is getting closer to opening in early 2018.

The cost of building a quarter-mile-long concourse rose from $81 million to more than $120 million, just one of the reasons the project was more than $1 billion over budget when Congress asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take over a year ago.

“It is a collaboration. It's the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Veteran Affairs working together to build a state of the art medical facility for the veterans of Colorado,” said Eileen Williamson with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The complex features 12 buildings covering 1.2 million square feet of space.

With more than 200 years of construction experience, the corps said they’re back on schedule for a 2018 opening with the complex more than 78 percent complete.

Despite the ongoing controversy about construction costs, 1,000 workers keep working on the complex seven days a week.