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Harold Alfond Center for Heatlh

Location
Augusta, Maine

Size
640,000 GSF

Services
Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Gold

Description

A highly collaborative Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method allowed the Alfond Center to be completed 10 months ahead of schedule and saved $20 million to reinvest in the project.

The Harold Alfond Center for Health consists of over 600,000 sf of inpatient and outpatient services building on a theme of a journey to wellness. It provides innovative acute care programs with a new ED, radiology department, an interventional platform with inpatient and outpatient surgery, a new mother/baby program and behavioral health program. Also included is an inpatient pharmacy, lab, central sterile department and an attached MOB with a family home practice clinic.

One of the important goals of this project was an outreach to the community and to support the vision of a “Journey to Wellness”. Ease of access begins at the public entry pavilion, which includes classrooms, resources and a healthy-eating teaching kitchen. Clear organization of the site provides access to a separate ED entrance that is located adjacent to the diagnostic and treatment center. Further into the building, outpatient services are situated adjacent to a boutique, gift shop and cafeteria that allows indoor/outdoor seating.

A patient and family advisory committee was actively involved in planning all stages of the project. The design principals included standardization, efficiency, patient-centered care, evidenced based design and sustainability. While the project’s initial goal was to achieve LEED Silver certification, throughout the collaborative IPD planning process and using target value design principles, the team put achieved savings back into the project and was able to earn the prestigious LEED Gold certification.