MaineGeneral Groundbreaking

The MaineGeneral Medical Center groundbreaking, held on September 23, 2011, was a fantastic event. In its latest step toward transforming Kennebec Valley’s future health care, MaineGeneral Medical Center celebrated the groundbreaking for its new regional hospital.

This $312 million project – and the $10 million redesign project for the Thayer Comprehensive Outpatient Center – is critical for the health and wellbeing of the 88 cities and towns in the Kennebec Valley.

The 640,000 square-foot complex is the largest new health care construction project in Maine. It is an enormous economic boost for the region and is funded entirely with private sources.

At its peak, the project will employ 630 workers daily. About 30 subcontractors will be involved in the project, with total contracts valued at about $160 million.

Local subcontractor participation was a key selection criteria for contract awards. Nearly all those chosen for the project are from Maine. Partnerships also have been forged with subcontractors that can provide the necessary volume of services by working together.

In addition to employing hundreds of workers, the project will bring new construction technology and training to give Maine workers needed competitive skills.

The new hospital is designed with patients and their families in mind. It will offer all single patient rooms, a 24/7 Emergency Department (ED), state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services and comprehensive outpatient care. These innovations will help keep and recruit more of the best doctors and health care professionals in the region for years to come.

Robins & Morton is partnering with HP Cummings Construction Company of Winthrop, Maine on this exciting project.
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“Local and national partnerships are key to this project’s success,” said MaineGeneral Health President and CEO Scott Bullock. “We couldn’t have reached this point alone and are grateful for the support of our partners in government and the community who share our vision and commitment to transform the lives and health of residents in central Maine.”

The new hospital is being made possible, in part, by a $35 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The gift is in two parts; $25 million is an outright gift with another $10 million in a matching gift. The foundation’s generous gift – the largest single donation to the hospital in its history and among the largest in the state – is a continuation of Mr. Alfond’s legacy.