In 2010, S.W.COLE was retained to provide geotechnical engineering services on a new regional hospital for MaineGeneral Health. The hospital, named the Alfond Center for Health, is located on the campus of the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in north Augusta.
S.W.COLE’s geotechnical investigation explored subsurface conditions at the site in order to develop geotechnical recommendations relative to foundations and earthwork associated with construction of the proposed structure, helipad, two bridges, associated paved areas and stormwater management areas. Our work at the site included 125 test boring explorations, 23 test pit explorations, soils laboratory testing and a geotechnical evaluation of the findings as they relate to the proposed construction.
During construction, in 2011, MaineGeneral Health retained S.W.COLE to perform construction materials testing and special inspections on the hospital. Our services included field density testing on soil fill materials, concrete testing (for slump, air content, temperature and compressive strength), hot mix asphalt testing (for thickness, density and temperature) and lab testing of soils, including gradations, moisture densities and permeability. We also performed pile driving monitoring, subgrade observations, reinforcing steel observations, non-structural masonry construction observations, structural steel inspections and spray-applied fireproofing testing for thickness, density and bond strength. Steel inspections were performed by a subcontracted engineer.
S.W.COLE also performed specialized testing on this project, including relative humidity (RH) testing, in which technicians from S.W.COLE installed approximately 650 Wagner RH probes and performed slab pull out testing to assess finish quality and conducted fastener pull out strength testing on fasteners used for window installation.
This project, the first project to use the integrated project delivery (IPD) method in Maine, opened to patients in autumn 2013.