(PRWEB) June 12, 2014
The Integrated Project Delivery Team (IPD), consisting of owner, MaineGeneral Medical Center, joint venture architectural firms SMRT and TRO/Jung Brannen, Inc., and joint venture construction team of HP Cummings Construction Company/Robins & Morton recently completed MaineGeneral Alfond Center for Health in Augusta, Maine - a landmark project that blazed a trail for future environmentally friendly structures.
The new 644,000-square-foot hospital, which opened Nov. 9, 2013, is the first health care facility in Maine and only the second in the nation to be built successfully to the new 2010 LEED gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Healthcare standards.
“As a health care organization, it is incredibly important to us that we provide a safe, healthy facility and that we set a standard for ensuring a healthy environment now and into the future,” said Chuck Hays, MaineGeneral Health president and CEO, in a news release. “We want to be responsible stewards of our community.”
“Our initial goal was to achieve silver certification. But as we constantly looked for ways to improve efficiencies throughout the construction process, it became apparent that we would achieve enough points for the higher gold certification,” Hays said.
Through the utilization of IPD and Lean principles, the project team was able to meet MaineGeneral Health’s goal of significantly reducing the cost of energy consumption while creating a hospital environment that would meet the highest benchmark standards for patient wellness, multiple engineering initiatives were introduced.
Sustainable elements of the project include:
Design and construction was completed by an Integrated Project Delivery Team (IPD), consisting of owner, MaineGeneral Medical Center, joint venture architectural firms SMRT and TRO/Jung Brannen, Inc., and joint venture construction team of HP Cummings Construction Company/Robins & Morton. The collaborative partnership approach allowed the IPD team to complete this new 644,000-square-foot hospital facility in 36 months from the start of the design, finishing design and construction - a full ten months ahead of the original schedule. For more information on this project and the IPD team visit http://robinsmortonipd.com.
About Robins & Morton
Founded in 1946, Robins & Morton is a privately held engineering and construction firm that consistently ranks among the 100 largest U.S. contractors in Engineering News-Record Magazine. The company has also been named one of the best mid-sized companies to work for in America because of its worker-friendly and family-friendly practices. Robins & Morton is based in Birmingham, Ala. with offices in Dallas, Texas; Huntsville, Ala.; Orlando, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. For more information, visit http://www.robinsmorton.com.