May 26, 2018
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Health center on schedule at Lincoln site

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — Construction workers are halfway through building Health Access Network’s new $5.4 million office and treatment center and are on schedule to finish by late March or early April, they said Monday.

Located at 175 West Broadway, the office is beginning to assume its final form. The rough exterior walls to the 28,000-square-foot building are up, as are the interior wall frames. The electrical wiring is being installed, as are the plumbing and the spray-foam insulation. Sheetrock wall placement will begin within a week or so.

“We are on schedule right now,” said Peter Dow, a superintendent for Perry & Morrill of Bangor, general contractors for the construction job. “We haven’t had any major problems. Things have been going OK. It hasn’t been outstanding and it hasn’t been bad.”

There was one problem: the theft, in late October, of a large black 2007 utility trailer carrying as much as $20,000 in construction tools. Police continue to investigate.

The new building will help Health Access add 12 new jobs — including three primary-care doctors and two mental health professionals — to its 90-worker payroll. Health Access officials hope the project will spur more additions to the Lincoln Lakes region’s medical community.

The facility will have 23 exam rooms, 10 more than HAN’s current offices, for primary care, mental health, podiatry, OB-GYN specialties and administrative services. Health Access Network is a federally funded community health center that handles 13,000 patients, or 50,000 visits, annually.

Health Access and Perry & Morrill began building on the site in June as part of efforts to consolidate six existing HAN sites in Lincoln. Health Access satellite sites in Enfield, Medway and Millinocket will be maintained.

The new building should be very energy-efficient, said Paul Smith, Health Access’ facilities manager and a former facilities manager at Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln.

A change-order replacing fiberglass insulation with foam insulation in walls will allow Health Access to reduce by 25 percent the energy costs the building would have accumulated had the fiberglass insulation remained, Smith said.

About a foot of fiberglass insulation remains in the ceiling of the building.

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