Contractors building a new veterans hospital in Orlando told a congressional panel Tuesday that the complex — already months behind schedule — will be delayed longer and could cost more than $100 million extra to finish.
Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs have acknowledged it will be at least the summer of 2013 before the doors open at the 134-bed hospital in Lake Nona, which broke ground four years ago and is expected to serve thousands of Brevard veterans.
The complex, which includes an outpatient clinic, a 120-bed community living center and a 60-bed domiciliary, was supposed to open in October at a cost of $665 million.
Tuesday, contractors working on the project said it “definitely” won’t open by next summer, either. During a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, they blamed delays on the agency’s incomplete plans, a flurry of last-minute changes beyond their control and a slow bureaucracy that takes months sometimes to resolve seemingly minor issues.