Construction halted on $75M VA outpatient center

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has halted construction on a $75 million outpatient center in western Pennsylvania while they investigate the main contractor.

The VA says in a statement Thursday that the stop work order is based on the initial findings of a VA Office of Inspector General investigation of the prime contractor and certain company representatives. The VA also says it will aggressively pursue any and all legal actions necessary.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the main contractor is VA Butler Partners Co. of Cleveland. According to the company website it was formed to develop, build and manage the VA Butler Health Care Center for an initial period of 20 years.

VA Butler Partners did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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