MaineGeneral Med. Ctr. Alfond Center for Health
Robins & Morton/H.P. Cummings Joint Venture
Engineer: TRO Jung | Brannen
Johnson & Jordan had the ability to build a 600,000 square foot hospital; what we did not have was the ability to survive the preconstruction process on the Integrated Project Delivery (I.P.D.) project. MMC Contractors Director of Pre-Construction Services, Pam Best's relentless dedication to the task at hand, be it the conceptual estimate or the selection of a single VAV box, has been the key factor in the success of thei phase of the project. Her knowledge of our industry, regardless of which discipline, has allowed her to develop a relationship of trust and respect with the design team and ownership. When she speaks they listen. This relationship has allowed the team to properly evaluate various options and make decisions critical to the project's needs while keeping the target cost in line and avoiding costly rework. She and MMC Contractors are tru I.P.D. partners.
Vice President, Johnson & Jordan, Inc.
Square Footage: 617,740
Location: Augusta, ME
MMC Contractors will be providing design/assist plumbing, medical gas and HVAC services along with our local partner, Johnson & Jordan Mechanical Contractors on the new 617,740 SF Alfond Center for Health in Augusta, Maine.
The new regional replacement hospital with a 192-bed capacity, plans to employ some of the most innovative construction techniques in practice today. By incorporating preconstruction services including Building Information Modeling (BIM) with Lean Construction thinking, this Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project stands to be one of the new leaders in bringing a project from concept to operation.
Early in the project planning, it was determined that extensive prefabrication would allow the construction of the hospital to continue through some potentially harsh winter weather. With the cooperation of the construction manager and other trades, our team worked on some of the lower floors during the first winter, to fabricate and assemble entire walls with medical gas piping, electrical and framing and have them prepared for installation on patient floors. In tandem with the headwall prefabrication, the same teams constructed modular patient bathrooms and as the patient rooms became accessible, attached them to a wheeled jack system to move them into place.
The project will incorporate LEED and other Green Building principles, but at award, had not yet determined if it would seek formal certification. A previous project constructed on the campus, the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer was the first LEED Certified healthcare facility in Maine, and the new medical center is pending LEED Gold certification.
The new Alfond Center for Health design includes:
A single entrance to simplify way-finding
Separate corridors for public and for patient transport creating efficient circulation
Comprehensive diagnostic services adjacent to the Emergency Department
3 Super-sized operating rooms; 1 Cardiac Cath Lab; 7 specialty-sized general operating rooms; 6 procedure rooms; 192 private patient rooms on separate wings for behavioral health, critical care, general medical, general surgical, rehabilitation and women's health
Outpatient facilities with extensive diagnostic facilities and doctors' offices
Maximizing day lighting and patient room views
Establishing positive distractions through garden views and other esthetic means
the building layout supports Lean operations and flexibility and modularity in planning allowing independent expansion of building components
Due in part to a milder than normal winter and the prefabrication/modular construction plan, the hospital is 8 months ahead of the planned construction schedule. Once open, in November 2013, the new hospital will consolidate all inpatient services from its two existing campuses in downtown Augusta and Waterville, Maine. It will also provide all outpatient care currently offered for the Southern Kennebec region, currently offered by the downtown campus. The site is approximately 172 Acres of rolling fields, intersected by Stone Brook, an environmentally significant stream and small tributary. The site has formerly been used as a dairy farm and most recently a golf course.
LEED Gold certification pending.