Damariscotta , ME – LincolnHealth, a MaineHealth member organization, broke ground recently on a new $13.7 million medical office building at the Damariscotta campus.
Designed by E4H Environments for Health Architecture, the new facility is slated for completion in late spring 2018. Hebert Construction Corporation of Lewiston is the construction manager of this project. The 39,800sf facility will house primary, specialty, and behavioral care services, currently spread among four buildings.
This new three-story building will feature a 1,000sf community room on the ground floor for education and special events that will be for both public and staff use. The first and second floors will house the provider practices along with consultation space for a dietician, pharmacist, social worker, physician, and other professionals as the need arises. By integrating primary, specialty, and behavioral practices in one modern facility, staff can move discretely between floors and work side by side with their peers in a collaborative setting.
In developing the facilities plan over the course of two years with LincolnHealth, E4H modeled the building after its recent design of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Nashua Clinic in Lebanon, N.H. By taking the model one step further, E4H created contiguous provider spaces between dedicated off-stage and on-stage areas.
The incorporation of a perimeter corridor was central to this design, allowing for improved patient wayfinding and more natural light throughout the facility. Exam rooms on both floors are universal, allowing blurred practice lines between provider groups. The consult rooms on the perimeter face the outside wall along the periphery of the corridor, bringing in natural light with the advantage of being converted in the future to exam rooms if needed for additional flexibility.