Landry/French Construction completes 68,000 square foot Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic: NEREJ

Portland, ME After a decade of planning, the new 68,000 square foot Maine Department of Veterans Affairs Community Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), located on West Commercial St., was completed in December 2021 and opened in February 2022. The The facility will provide services to more than 100,000 Maine veterans (9.7 percent of the state’s population).

The Department of Veterans Affairs recognized the need for a larger, more accessible community outpatient clinic to serve the veteran population throughout southern Maine. The new location consolidates existing clinics in Portland and Saco and provides easier access along a major road into town.

The facility provides primary care and specialty health services including mental health, dental, optometry, audiology, physiotherapy, prosthetic support, phlebotomy laboratory, radiology and telehealth . The clinic also serves as a teaching site with space dedicated to enhancing affiliate relationships with Tufts Medical School and Maine Medical Center.

Designed by SmithGroup, the building sits on a narrow 10-acre plot with views of the River Fore. The exterior design pays homage to veterans and incorporates large military graphics into the two-story glass entry, celebrating patriotism and service. The interior was designed with veteran sensibilities in mind and features open, comfortable and airy spaces. Interior and exterior materials blend military, industrial, and nautical influences to connect both to the veterans the clinic serves as well as the character and history of the surrounding community.

An abundance of glass provides calming views of the water and natural light that penetrates deep into the clinical hallways. Waiting areas are divided into quiet, smaller open spaces with seating away from the busy main hallway. A plaza provides gathering spaces for veterans who want to connect with other veterans.

An adjacent three-story, 385-space parking garage, designed by Ryan Senatore Architecture, provides easy access to the medical center with a drop-off circle. Opposite corners of the clinic and garage are raised to serve as wayfinding beacons, creating a welcoming walkway for patients. On the upper level of the car park, more than 1,500 solar panels provide almost 100% of the energy needed to power the clinic. Surface parking for 150 employees is also included on site.

An important part of the project was to create new connections that would make the West End area more pedestrian-friendly through new pathways. Developed in accordance with the 2016 West Commercial St. Multimodal Corridor Study, the project added a 10-foot pathway along the 1,400-foot length of the property where there was previously no sidewalk. The new pathway, complete with curb and retaining wall, connects to the existing sidewalk to the west to the Veterans Bridge.

The project was developed by local commercial property manager JB Brown & Sons and Virginia-based property development and management firm FD Stonewater.

Landry/French Construction acted as the construction manager for the new $41 million facility.

“Having several veteran employees at Landry/French, we were honored to be part of such an important project for the veteran community,” said CEO Kevin French. “Bill Hart, who served as project superintendent at the clinic, and Steve LaPointe, who served as parking lot superintendent, are both veterans and felt extremely proud to be part of this meaningful project.

The project was completed a month ahead of schedule despite supply chain issues, labor shortages and the ongoing pandemic.

Landry/French received an Associated General Contractors (AGC) 2021 Build Maine Award for the project.

Veterans Affairs CBOC Project Team

  • JB Brown & Sons and FD Stonewater – JV Development Team
  • Landry/French Construction – Construction Manager
  • SmithGroup – Architect, MEP Engineer, Interiors
  • Ryan Senatore Architecture – Parking Garage Architect
  • Gorrill Palmer – Civil Engineer and Landscape Architect
  • SW Cole Engineering – Third Party Inspections
  • Summit Engineering – Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Integrity – Parking Garage Structural Engineer

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