HOMESTEAD, FL-Skanska USA Building Inc. has landed an $80-million contract to construct a hospital to replace the existing Homestead Hospital here. The 307,000-sf facility will have 120 private patient rooms, extra space for outpatient diagnostic services, more operating rooms and an emergency room three times larger than the existing one. The hospital will be part of Baptist Health South Florida, a South Florida hospital system also including Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services.

Skanska plans to start building immediately, and the hospital is facing a 2006 completion target date. The original facility was built in 1940.

Skanska USA Building is a national provider of construction, pre-construction consulting, general contracting, design/build and pharmaceutical-validation services to a variety of US industries, including healthcare, biopharmaceutical, educational, high-tech, transportation, sports and entertainment. The company is part of Skanska Group and is based in Parsippany, N.J. Skanska USA Building has more than 5,300 employees nationwide and 2003 sales of $3.7 billion.

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