Last week the PDT staff toured the 161 Marginal Way construction site. Two healthcare practices, each with an ambulatory surgery center, are transforming the former DHHS building in Portland. Each practice is taking two floors of the 4-story building, with shared core functions (elevator, stairs, delivery, storage). The intense utility requirements for medical practice triggered considerable upgrades to the HVAC, electrical, gas, and plumbing systems of the former office building. By a lucky coincidence, the two practices found the space about the same time and both were working with PDT. The architects, practice administrators, and contractor coordinated sharing of infrastructure. Portland Gastro opens this week, so we got to see it nearly finished, and Maine Eye will see completion in the coming months.
Both practices needed to expand and will benefit from a more thoughtful organization that increases efficiency and improves the patient experience. Patient wayfinding and staff workflow have been greatly improved and the staff will benefit from a more collaborative work environment. Architects David Webster, Ann Fontaine-Fisher, and Becca Casey, and Interior Designer Pam Anderson led the tour, with Tim Hebert of Hebert Construction.