| . DOTmed::Language=HASH(0x5639d9c68f40)->translator()->translate(text=>'An Interview with') .qq| Jose Espinosa
of DOTmed.com, Inc.
| July 19, 2013
DOTmed: Please outline the scope of this project.
Despite experiencing financial challenges, the largest hospital in the state is about to get bigger. The Planning Board unanimously approved a $40 million expansion of Maine Medical Center's Bramhall Street campus, in Portland, Maine. The 40,000-square-foot addition will be built on top of the Lower Bean Building, near the emergency room.
The project will add four operating rooms and associated patient prep and recovery areas. It will also allow the hospital to expand its existing operating rooms from an average of 400 square feet to 650 square feet. Maine Med's three-story addition will add 40 feet to the height of the Lower Bean Building, for a total height of 69 feet.
DOTmed: How will this project help the community you serve?
Larger operating rooms will allow more space for advanced cardiac procedures -- some of which require surgical teams of 15 to 18 people.
DOTmed: What does the timeline to completion look like?
Construction could start this winter and be finished by spring 2015.