Contractors gearing up for new MaineGeneral Hospital

Robins & Morton, as part of an integrated team with joint venture partner, HP Cummings Construction Company, and joint venture architectural firms SMRT and TRO/Jung Brannen, Inc., has been selected to provide design and construction services for MaineGeneral’s new regional inpatient hospital. The 192-bed replacement hospital is set to break ground in 2011 and will consolidate beds from existing facilities onto one campus in North Augusta, Maine.

 According to MaineGeneral’s CON application abstract, the hospital project incorporates principles of evidence based design, LEED design and lean design. The new inpatient building is organized to move the public through the major stages of healthcare: from information/education and prevention services near the front door; to diagnostic and treatment services in its core; and finally to birthing, inpatient and rehabilitation services in its northernmost wing. The design uses the “front stage/back stage concept” to support privacy and create a tranquil therapeutic environment. It includes all private rooms to allow patients the support of their loved ones, to create an enhanced environment for privacy and rest, and to increase safety by reducing patient room transfers, rates of infection and falls.

As officials at MaineGeneral pursue financing for the $312 million regional inpatient facility, architects, engineers and builders are working together to ensure speeds delivery of the physical plant in a process known as integrated project delivery. Read more on this latest project update.