New hospital would cost up to $21 million

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Architects say replacing the Vermont State Hospital with a new building would cost between $14 million and $21 million.

Gilbane Building Co., a Providence, R.I., consultant, says building a 15-bed treatment facility in Waterbury would cost about $14.5 million, while renovating the Dale prison – which will be vacated this year – would cost about the same amount of money.

The state has been trying to figure out what to do with the 54-bed Vermont State Hospital for years. In 2004, the federal government decertified it amid problems including a patient’s suicide.

State officials want to build a 15-bed treatment center in Waterbury to replace it, augmenting that with new space at hospitals in Rutland and Burlington and the use of community-based facilities to treat patients.

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