Maine- Maine Medical Center in Portland has won state approval for its $512 million renovation and expansion project that will add single-patient rooms, operating rooms and a new entrance facing Congress Street. According to an August 2017 analysis by Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the hospital’s expansion project is necessary for modern hospital needs. The project is scheduled to take place from 2018-2022.
The expansion would increase the footprint of the hospital’s main campus by about 25 percent and add 19 new operating rooms and 128 single inpatient rooms. The project did undergo one significant overhaul this summer when the hospital changed its plans on parking from an adjacent site to a 10-story parking garage, a quarter mile from the hospital. The hospital’s expansion would add two floors with 30,000 square feet and 64 extra in-patient beds to the East Tower, which was built in 2009. The state granted the Certificate of Need contingent upon Maine Med submitting annual reports on how the expansion improved “quality and outcomes” at the hospital. The reports are required for three years after the project is completed.
Indiana- The Indiana State University (ISU) Board of Trustees voted to seek necessary state approval to spend up to $50 million for renovation of the Hulman Center. That includes use of a $37.5 million state appropriation initially intended for a larger project that also involved a new, adjoining convention center. The remaining $12.5 million would be funded from cash, gifts and non-state borrowing to be repaid from university funds.
In 2015, the General Assembly approved an authorization of $37.5 million to Indiana State to be used as a one-to-one match for the proposed $75 million project to create a convention and arena complex. Other partners included Terre Haute city government, Vigo County government and the Terre Haute Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The university has planned to forego its involvement in the convention center project and instead, seek necessary approvals to use its $37.5 million state appropriation for the Hulman Center renovation.
ISU’s decision to move forward with renovation doesn’t rule out the prospect of a convention center in the future. A convention center could be part of a Phase II project. As far as the Hulman Center renovation, ISU has said if required approvals are obtained, construction could begin as early as next spring.
Alabama- Athens State University is preserving its historic character while modernizing the campus with a new master plan. Around 50 projects on the master plan were presented to the school’s board of trustees as part of a capital campaign.
Some of the projects include Founders Hall miscellaneous renovations for $13.68 million, a future academics building for $8.75 million, library renovations for $3.3 million, McCain Hall renovations for $1.6 million, McCandless Hall renovations for $2.4 million, Sanders Hall renovations for $5.2 million and Waters Hall renovations for $4.1 million. Another project includes the renovation of the Carter Physical Education Building, built in 1964, for $7.5 million and $4 million to bring the campus up to code. The plan also calls for standardizing campus signs, revitalizing landscapes and the construction of a pedestrian and bicycle path. The university plans to raise money for all projects through its capital campaign and public campaign, which will launch in 2020.
Indiana- Last week, Purdue University trustees approved plans to finance and award construction contracts for a new large animal and equine hospital, to renovate the West Lafayette campus Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building and to build a new Bioscience Innovation building on the Hammond campus. Trustees approved $35 million for phase I of the 76,600-square foot animal and equine hospital. Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2018 and finish in May of 2020. Future phases will include construction of a new small-animal hospital, with a final phase to construct a food animal hospital.
The $80 million renovation and addition to the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building calls for the demolition of an existing portion of the facility, a 125,000 square-foot addition and renovations to the more than 37,000 square feet of existing space in the building’s northern portion. The construction time frame runs from October 2018-October 2020. Construction on the $40.5 million Bioscience Innovation building is scheduled to begin in August 2018 and finish in April 2020. Once the new facility is occupied, Gyte Annex, which currently houses some of these academic areas, will be demolished. Other projects include the renovation of more than 6,500 square feet at the Heine Pharmacy Building, HVAC projects in Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine and Stewart Center and work in the bathrooms of Hillenbrand and Earhart residence halls.