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MaineGeneral Medical Center Raises Final Steel Beam on New Replacement Hospital

Construction workers sign the white steel beam during the topping-out ceremony for MaineGeneral Medical Center's new 640,000 s.f. replacement hospital. Hard hats and neon safety vests adorned the crowd of more than 600 gathered to watch the final steel beam lifted into place on MGMC's new consolidated hospital. (photo: MGMC) Members of SMRT's healthcare design and engineering team include (l-r): Scott Laflamme, Brian Scheuzger, Ellen Belknap, Andrew Bradley and Craig Piper (photo: MGMC) The final steel beam was lifted into position topped with an American flag and a fir tree, dug up from and later returned to the site. (photo: MGMC)

Cheers rose as the final steel beam bearing the signatures of hundreds of MaineGeneral Medical Center employees, patients, donors and construction workers swung into place during the “topping-out” ceremony, marking the achievement of final building height for the 640,000 s.f. replacement hospital.  Hailed as “the largest healthcare construction project in the state’s history,” construction is approximately 40% complete and tracking 6 months ahead of schedule.  MGMC’s President and CEO Chuck Hays credits the integrated project delivery (IPD) method and the team’s “progressive thinkers” – a collaborative design and construction team comprised of hospital staff, architects and contractors – with making this achievement possible.

Construction workers sign the white steel beam during the topping-out ceremony for MaineGeneral Medical Center's new 640,000 s.f. replacement hospital. Hard hats and neon safety vests adorned the crowd of more than 600 gathered to watch the final steel beam lifted into place on MGMC's new consolidated hospital. (photo: MGMC) Members of SMRT's healthcare design and engineering team include (l-r): Scott Laflamme, Brian Scheuzger, Ellen Belknap, Andrew Bradley and Craig Piper (photo: MGMC) The final steel beam was lifted into position topped with an American flag and a fir tree, dug up from and later returned to the site. (photo: MGMC)

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