MMC is going to request a change in the facility's bed license from 637 to 700 and also to accelerate the construction schedule on one floor of the Malone Family Tower in order to get 32 beds open in 2024. Its going to cost an additional $52M - but it isn't clear in the article what that $52M will do. I haven't looked for docs but it seems like they've announced this before seeking approval so I doubt there's anything to be found?
Basically, without saying it in detail in the article, I believe their idea is to increase the height of the core bulk of the structure by one more story, so six stories, then the 7th tiny one remains as is, at the top corner. Maine Medical is truly becoming a behemoth. The actual footprint of the hospital is MUCH BIGGER if including the outpatient clinics and research facilities around the city. Perhaps it's time for another hospital in Portland. I don't see how Mercy will be enough. The boomers are now in full force at their end of the stages in life, and Southern Maine's population is rising. Maine Medical seems to always be expanding (because it is). Why not 10 stories instead of 7? They will probably need it by the time the latest expansion is done. And who keeps building on the tops of buildings? Just build another building, another behemoth. Healthcare will continue to keep growing due to new technologies and an unhealthy populace (obesity and bad diets). Sad but true. https://www.pressherald.com/2021/11...eks-changes-to-congress-street-tower-project/
I think you are correct TC. The original rendering with the new one from today shows an addition on the top of the roof which appears to be an extension of the 7th level which was tiny as you noted in your previous post.
I think the building is 7 levels with 6 and 7 the tiny portion in the corner. In that case it would be the sixth that is expanded? The interactive module doesn't give a walk-through experience for floors 5 and 6, but does for 1,2,3,4, and 7.
Bottom line is that they will get a relatively easy approval for the expansion due to bed concerns for Covid.
According to Maine Health's official statement from yesterday, the modifications if approved will have seven floors plus a basement. Floors 6 and 7 will have smaller footprints and be recessed from the building's edge with the 7th floor containing staff rooms and a physical walkway connector to the existing Bramhall campus. And I agree with your easy approval thought.