LINCOLN, Maine — A four-month delay in the delivery of an air control system has postponed the Health Access Network’s new $5.4 million office and treatment center’s opening until mid-June, a HAN official said Thursday.

Paul Smith, facilities manager for Health Access, had hoped the building would be finished early last month, but the air control system, which was scheduled to arrive from Malaysia in November, didn’t get to Lincoln until early March.

“That was a big delay for us,” Smith said Thursday. “We were able to continue a lot of work while that happened. We finished the exterior of the building and a lot of the interior of it.

“It’s moving along nicely now,” Smith added. “The subcontractors have really beefed up staffing to get us moved into the building. Right now we are projecting a move into the building by late May into the first week of June. We will be into the building, all in, by the middle of June.”

Located at 175 West Broadway, the 28,000-square-foot office building will have 23 exam rooms, 10 more than HAN’s current offices, for primary care, mental health, podiatry, OB-GYN specialties and administrative services.

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.

Health Access and Perry & Morrill began building on the site last 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.

Some cost overruns occurred as a result of the delay and some change-orders, Smith said. One change should pay itself back. Contractors added 6 inches of spray-foam insulation to the fiberglass under the roof and to the walls, which should increase heat savings or efficiency by 25 percent, if heating costs this fall stay at current levels.

That change-order will pay itself back within two years, or less, if heating-oil prices spike significantly, Smith said.

The building’s sheetrock and painting are about 95 percent finished. The air control system is being installed. Landscaping and computer wiring will be completed over the next two weeks, with a finished layer of hot-top paving going down on May 18, Smith said.

Health Access Network is a federally funded community health center that handles 13,000 patients, or 50,000 visits, annually.


Health Access Network to open Lincoln building in June