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Derek Veilleux, AIA, NCARB was recently elected to the board of the American Institute of Architect's Maine chapter. Derek is a talented architect with excellent communication, computer and graphic skills. With a strong focus on Healthcare design, he has experience in all aspects of the architectural field, from schematics to design development through final construction. We'd like to extend our hearty congratulations!
Across the country, health systems are striving to achieve improved health outcomes and patient satisfaction, while simultaneously reducing the cost of care. This "triple aim" requires a new model: A primary care model that achieves higher rates of preventive care, manages chronic disease effectively, reduces emergency room and hospital re-admission rates and incurs fewer inpatient admissions. The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is emerging as one of the most promising developments to transform the delivery of healthcare in the U.S., offering a framework for wellness focused, physician-guided, team-delivered, continuous and coordinated care. This whitepaper defines the characteristics of a successful PCMH: the cultural and operational principles, the functional relationships, the physical elements to support a team-based model, optimal space configurations and design principles.
Ellen Belknap, President, SMRT Architecture, Engineering, Planning
Joanne O’Neil Lafferty, PCMH Director, Maine Quality Counts
From WGME13 -- A program at the Long Creek Youth Development Center is getting people to think outside the box when it comes to detention centers. It is also making a difference for some of Maines troubled teens.
The program uses art for social change, inside and out of prisons. It's causing a ripple of conversation and movement in Maine about how we view punishment for troubled kids.
The teens of Long Creek, Maine's detention center for young people, perform an original play with a whole lot of life experience.
Their crimes are part of their story, but it's not where the story ends. Most of them are repeat offenders. They admit they made mistakes, mistakes they've learned from. They've taken a "Journey Through Punishment", the name of this play produced by the group Maine Inside Out.
The play challenges the audience to see the person behind the crime - and question the consequences of punishment. The script for the play came from open discussions and conversations about their past. Even that, was something new for most of them.
It's helped me open up, because I'm more of a private person. I don't like to put stuff out there, I keep it inside," said 18 year old Lonzo Small.
Most of the inmates say incarceration was probably what they needed to turn their lives around, which is exactly what they're doing. However, through this play, they ask the question. Could something have been done before they got to this point?
SMRT is committed to helping our healthcare clients reach the triple aim of simultaneously improving population health, reducing the cost of care and improving the patient experience and clinical outcomes. The Mid Coast Topsham was designed to achieve these goals and will go a long way to positioning Mid Coast Medical Group for future success. Yesterday’s ground breaking marked a major milestone in the journey to reach the triple aim.
More than 12,000 visitors toured the new Alfond Center for Health at this weekend's dedication ceremony. This 640,000 s.f. project was managed using Integrated Project Delivery; SMRT provided architecture and engineering services. Designed with a nature theme and featuring abundant natural light, the new hospital is tracking toward a LEED Gold rating for sustainability.
To read more, here are some great articles about the hospital:
This quarter's newsletter from the Maine Chapter of The American Institute of Architects features SMRT's involvement in the New Regional Hospital for MaineGeneral.
“The story of MaineGeneral is demonstrated in the results,” says Ellen Belknap, AIA, president of SMRT and principal-in-charge of the project. “To deliver a 640,000 square foot, technically demanding facility in 24 months of construction (with a design and construction overlap period of 18 months), speaks volumes about the IPD process and the project team."
Question: My company is planning a new clean manufacturing facility. What are the considerations in determining whether or not to recommend pursuing LEED certification?
Answer: With apologies to William Shakespeare:
“To LEED or not to LEED, that is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The extra work of seeking LEED certification,
In order to take arms against a sea of environmental troubles,
And by opposing help end them?.......”
The Central Question
While neither the Bard (nor Hamlet) ever lost any sleep over the questions of operating costs, climate change, corporate social responsibility or sustainability, today’s facilities professional must address these issues. Whether or not to seek LEED certification (or certification through any other sustainability program), is a question that goes well beyond the facilities engineering department. First, some background. Then data and questions to help you and others arrive at a decision.
We would like to congratulate Kerry Dineen on passing his Mechanical PE. Great work, Kerry!
Leann Fisher recently joined SMRT as a Marketing Coordinator in our Andover office. She holds a Masters in Business Administration, and has been working in the Engineering/ Architecture industry for six years. She is a skilled writer with experience ranging from crafting press releases and project sheets to blogging for social media.
Leann is an avid reader and can often be found spending her free time at the ocean. She completed her first half marathon just last weekend, a long-term goal of hers, and has already started to train for the next one. Welcome to SMRT, Leann!
Not many children take up sewing at the age of 10, but that’s exactly what Paul Lewandowski did. What ensued was the inspiration for a career in architecture, and a life enriched with various artistic projects involving fashion and design. Now, with a full-time career as design leader for SMRT Architects and Engineers in Portland, his work spans a range of interior and exterior projects, for clients including those in the healthcare industry, education, and government. The Lewiston native has many creative accomplishments, including winning a design contest for Mannington Commercial Flooring for a carpet pattern that was inspired by rocks on the Maine coast. In addition, his self-taught fashion pursuits have led him to design and make his wife’s wedding dress, create avant-garde outfits for the annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) fashion show, and land a role as a contestant on the hit show Project Runway.