MaineGeneral Medical Center, New Regional Hospital



Owner: Maine General Medical Center

Location: Augusta, Maine

Size: 640,000 sq ft

Cost: $224,000,000

Start Date: August 2011

Completion Date: August 2013

Architect: SMRT and TRO Jung|Brannen


Description: MaineGeneral Medical Center, also called the Alfond Center for Health, is a 640,000-square-foot new hospital facility in Augusta, Maine. The owner’s motive for the new project was to merge two hospital campuses that were located about 20 miles apart to one single location. This project utilized a true Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contract approach, with a tri-party agreement signed by the owner, architect, and contractor. It also employed Lean Construction tools and methodologies. The team (including owner, designer, contractor, subcontractors, and consultants) co-located in one single onsite office from the beginning of design all the way through construction. Many of the major trade subcontractors were hired in a "design-assist" capacity and worked very closely with the architects and engineers to design the building using the most efficient layouts, equipment and materials, building value into the design. This highly collaborative approach expidited the flow of information, facilitating a very successful project.

The IPD team was able to complete this new hospital facility in 36 months from the start of the design, finishing design and construction a full ten months ahead of the original schedule. Through the environment of increased collaboration, the IPD team members were also able to return approximately $20 million in value-added savings to the hospital. One of the owner’s major goals was to utilize the local labor force as much as possible. By getting creative with bid packaging and qualifications, and encouraging joint ventures and other teaming measures between smaller local companies, Robins & Morton was able to deliver the owner’s promise to their community. Ninety percent of the 3,000-plus persons employed on this project were Maine residents, and 95 percent of the total labor force was from New England.

Click on the following link to learn more about The Collective Potential: Lean Methodologies, Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information at MaineGeneral.

MaineGeneral Medical Center anticipates LEED HC v 2009 Gold Certification.

Key Sustainable Construction Practices on this Project:

 Restoration of a brownfield.

 Prevention of erosion and pollution during construction.

 Implementation of water saving strategies and additional focus on measuring and verifying operational usage.

 Optimizing energy usage through efficient heating/cooling systems, a tight building envelope, low-water-flow technology, LED (light-emitting diode) outside lighting, high-efficiency light fixtures throughout the facility, and the availability of natural gas.

 Installation of window in each patient room reaching almost to the floor so patients can be in bed and still see the outdoors, improving patient satisfaction.

 Exceptional sourcing of materials containing recycled content, green certifications, and from within the region.

 Implementation of an Air Quality Management plan to protect air quality for construction workers and future occupants.