Züblin and Gilbane joint venture (JV) has secured a contract for construction of the largest US military hospital outside the country, at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Germany.

In partnership with US Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District and the US Defense Health Agency, the German Construction Administration awarded the $969m (€859m) contract to the JV.

The German Construction Administration is executing this project.

Under the contract, which is considered to be a ‘significant step in progressing the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center Replacement (ROBMCR) project, the JV company will be responsible for constructing a 985,000ft2 hospital featuring nine operating rooms, 120 exam rooms, and 68 beds with an option to add additional 25 beds.

The new healthcare facility is expected to be completed in late 2027 and will employ approximately 2,500 people.

Once operational, the hospital will replace as well as co-locate the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, which was built in 1953.

It will provide primary care, specialised consultative care, hospitalisation and treatment services for more than 200,000 US military personnel, Dod and interagency civilians and dependents in Europe.

The hospital will also be the only forward-stationed evacuation and treatment centre to treat injured US service members, civilians, contractors and offer critical medical support to seven combatant commands.

The new hospital is part of the substantial investment by the US Forces in Germany.

For this healthcare facility, the German government is providing more than $180m (€151m) for design and construction management.

German Parliamentary State Secretary Sören Bartol said: “The US invested approximately $350m annually in construction projects in the past few years, which are executed by the Federal Construction Administration.

“This demonstrates the excellent reputation the German Construction Administration enjoys with our international partners. Furthermore, these investments boost Germany’s economy and preserve jobs in economically distressed regions.”