Consigli Receives Maine Preservation Award

Exterior Restoration of Original Maine General Hospital building at Maine Medical Center Receives Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation 

Maine Medical Center and the design/build team of Consigli Construction Co., Inc. and Becker Structural Engineers, Inc. received a 2012 Maine Preservation Honor Award for the exterior restoration of the original Maine General Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland at an awards ceremony held on Thursday, November 15th.

The Maine Preservation Honor Awards recognize excellence in historic preservation throughout the state, highlight the importance of preservation, rehabilitation and adaptive use of important historic Maine landmarks and heritage trades, and encourage the use of historic buildings for downtown revitalization and community enhancement. 

One of the first hospitals in Maine, and part of the rebuilding of Portland after the Great Fire of 1866, Maine General Hospital first opened its doors in 1874. A series of construction and renovation projects, including a $46 million expansion in 1984, resulted in the current complex totaling more than a million square feet. The Maine General Hospital Building anchors the complex and houses the hospital’s administrative offices.

Working around occupied offices, Consigli and Becker Structural Engineers, Inc. phased the construction to minimize interruptions. The project included a full slate roof replacement, exterior wood trim and wood window sash restoration, replacement of deteriorated building stones, cutting and pointing of mortar joints and painting of all exterior elements.

“We are delighted that the revitalization of the historic character of this important Maine landmark has been recognized by Maine Preservation with this prestigious award,” said Matthew Tonello, area manager for Consigli’s Maine operations.

Maine General Hospital at Maine Medical Center was one of eleven projects and four individuals to be honored at the 2012 Awards ceremony held at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth.  Among those honored were property owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, preservation consultants, and other who demonstrated great achievement and best practices in historic preservation in Maine.


Note: Attached Event Photo courtesy Maine Preservation
L-R: Jeremy Whitehouse, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.; Ethan A. Rhile, Becker Structural Engineers, Inc.; Paul Becker, Becker Structural Engineers, Inc.; Tobey Scott, Maine Preservation Board of Trustees; Brandon Romano, Maine Medical Center

Photo of Maine General Hospital Building by Christopher Barnes