Project Overview

Shaw Brothers Construction was awarded the site work portion of the Maine Medical Parking Garage and Hospital Expansion Project in August of 2005. Located within the center of Maine’s busiest hospital campus this project presented many challenges from relocating existing utilities without disrupting hospital operations to building a parking garage into an existing hill. The 60 foot earth cut for the parking garage was a daunting undertaking. Working with Schnabel Foundation Company (pile and lagging wall subcontractor) the excavation was advanced in 5 foot lifts from the top to the bottom. The completed wall was the largest of its kind north of Boston.

Environmental elements were also a factor in this project, all storm water from the site had to be treated in frac tanks to allow the sediment to settle out and then pumped into the storm drain system. An average of 18,000 gallons of water was treated each day from the wall subcontractor’s drillings technique. The emergency room which is utilized by all of southern Maine was open at all times during construction, the entrance and driveway changed locations several times to accommodate phased construction. Construction activities included; a major storm drain system, water and sewer utility upgrades, all new electrical conduits encased in concrete, installing a tie back retaining wall, a parking garage, a new facility maintenance building, expansion of the hospital, concrete sidewalks, granite curbing, paving, ornamental fencing, reinforced geotextile slopes, and landscaping. This complex project was completed ahead of schedule due to the crew working in all weather conditions and key communication with all of the other contractors.

At a Glance

Owner: Maine Medical Center
Location: Portland, Maine
Project Value: $9,400,000.00
Engineer: William A. Berry & Son
Start Date: August 2005
Completion Date: August 2008

Project Data

Common Excavation: 48,200 CY
Drainage Structures: 63 EA
Storm Drain Piping: 5,200 LF
Water Main: 1,500 LF
Granite Curb: 5,044 LF
Reinforced Geotextile Slope: 2,800 SF
Loam: 582 CY