- Jul 17, 2020
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As seen from the Downeaster.
So that front line of steel posts is pretty permanent looking. That would give an entirely different look to the facade and feels as though they are going to be in the way of ground level amenities. Thoughts?View attachment 28113
Glass being installed!
Yeah, you can see this driving north on 295 - it dwarfs Mercy Hospital.Maine Med staff parks in the new garage on St John Street and ride a shuttle back and forth. My neighbor is an emergency room nurse and has no issues with the garage and shuttle frequency.View attachment 28205
There are a couple of additional stories on the rear as it gets closer to the Bean building, but they are set back to avoid massive height on the streetwall. There's only so much they have need for, though; part of the spec for the expansion is that they are actually not increasing inpatient capacity; they're going to be converting semi-private rooms to private. If they had increased bed space, they would have had to go through the Certificate of Need process with the state which apparently they had no interest in doing for this project. Also, I am guessing that they wanted to maintain the existing views from the 5th floor cancer center and the 6th floor Children's Hospital (aka Barbara Bush), because definitely the patients in there shouldn't have their views reduced to ugly backs of buildings as opposed to the ballpark.Now that I'm seeing the final image again, I think it should be 5 stories higher.
Originally, yes, that's what it was. I think it was primarily an employee lounge, and so now it looks like it will be one floor instead of two (floor 8). The 7th floor has now become a much larger one and is set back a bit (because it looks less imposing, to appease the neighbors, I guess). Covid caused them to re-think the entire disinfection process, and from what I've read this entire top floor (7) will be devoted to cleaning instruments. What other hospital in the country will have this feature? None that have just been built, anyway.Isn't there supposed to be two more smaller floors added to the top of the structure in the NE corner area? Not sure about topping off etiquette but I always thought it represented the final steel beam at the highest point of the project.