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The June issue of Controlled Environments magazine features an article by SMRT Principal Engineer Richard Bilodeau, PE, examining the process of designing a LEED Gold certified clean manufacturing facility for GE Healthcare. Winning the Gold: Successful Cleanroom Design Strategies in Today's LEED World. http://www.cemag.us/digital_editions/2010/06/
The Maine AIA has honored the design of Hebron Academy's Athletic Complex with a 2010 citation. The 55,000 square foot building - the first new building on campus in 40 years - reflects Hebron's focus on academics and athletics with not only basketball, tennis and squash courts but facades composed of colored panels that count out mathematical sequences including Pi, Euler's Constant and Phi.
The project to establish a new college campus at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station was profiled on Portland's local NBC affiliate, WCSH. SMRT is providing design and engineering services to convert five BNAS buildings for educational use.
A dedication ceremony and public tours were recently held at the 225-bed Cheshire County House of Corrections, designed and engineered by SMRT. The direct supervision facility offers spaces for training, education and counseling programs. Designed to be consistent with LEED silver standards, the building utilizes a ground source geothermal heating and cooling system.
Meeting St. Mary's goal of creating an exceptionally nurturing, customer-oriented experience with an emphasis on its geriatric patients, the hospital's recently opened Medical Office Building provides state-of-the-art spaces for a wide variety of functions. Physician practices, lab services, rehabilitation services, medical imaging, a sleep lab and a specialty diabetes diagnosis and treatment center, including an educational center with a kitchen for food preparation services, are housed in the new building. The project utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) to provide design, schedule, cost and management benefits.
The new Lawrence General Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Center has opened to accolades from patients, their families and staff. Providing mammography, ultrasound and MRI diagnostic services, the design was developed to enhance the patient experience, reduce stress and provide positive distractions. SMT developed the plan based on evidence based design research to promote a positive patient experience.
The Associated General Contractors of America gave special recognition to the LT. Michael P. Murphy Combat Training Pool at Naval Station Newport in the annual Marvin M. Black Excellence In Partnering Awards. Consigli Construction, with SMRT as their design and engineering partner, received the award "presented annually to construction projects best epitomizing the principles of partnering."
Designed to promote staff efficiency and operations objectives while providing superior patient centered care, the new Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Emergency Department is organized in a race track configuration around central nursing core and nursing support functions. The new ED is designed to maximize patient through-put, while reducing patient wait times and increasing patient satisfaction.
Congressman Mike Michaud has announced a new Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to be located in Lewiston, Maine. SMRT, working for the Maine Veterans Homes, played a leading role in evaluating potential sites, site selection, regulatory due diligence and site master planning. The CBOC will provide primary care, mental health, physical therapy, audiology, home based primary care and care coordination services. SMRT has worked with the Maine Veterans Homes for more than thirty years.
Patients, their families and medical staff are benefitting from the tranquil, healing surroundings provided by the new Lafayette Family Cancer Care Center, owned by Eastern Maine Medical Center. The project was designed by SMRT to provide patients and their families with "positive distractions" to reduce the stress associated with ongoing cancer treatments. The 130,000 square foot building houses medical oncology, radiation oncology, hematology and diagnostic services.