Construction Progress at the New Newport Health Center

NEW LONDON, NH – Building for Health, New London Hospital’s (NLH) project to completely rebuild its Newport Health Center, remains on track for completion in October 2016. In the meantime, service for patients at the current facility continues uninterrupted.
The exterior framework for the new 28,600 square foot triangular-shaped building is complete, with window and interior framing in progress. During the coming weeks, the project’s construction team, managed by Fulcrum Associates, will focus on the interior with installation of electricity and sheet rock and completion of the floating slab foundation.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $9 million with $2.2 million to be raised in charitable contributions through a capital campaign. To date philanthropic gifts from individuals, local businesses and foundations total $892,000. “Every gift counts as we move closer to the building’s completion,” says Karen Zurheide, Vice President of Community Relations and Development. The campaign encourages gifts of all sizes whether one-time or in the form of pledges which may be paid over a period of up to five years. Both gifts and pledges can be made online through the website provided below.
With 75 percent greater space, the new medical center will ensure the continued availability at the Newport Health Center of quality primary care along with other service expansions and additions, including specialized services of some Dartmouth-Hitchcock providers.

Construction and Fundraising Update – Week of 1/12/16

Building for Health –Project Update
• Interior architectural plans are nearly finalized.
• Out un-wintry December weather has supported strong construction progress in recent weeks.
• Significant underground and drain work continues.
• Above-ground building is happening! – with the first steel beams up, at new front entrance and some for second floor. Floor and roof decking are also underway.

Visit the Photo Gallery at for the latest construction photos.

Building for Health – Fundraising Update

$798,000 of $2.2 million goal. A $65,000 grant from Jane’s Trust of Boston has moved us closer to our goal! That together with other new December commitments from staff, community members and businesses added $113,000 to last month’s total.

Construction and Fundraising Update – Week of 12/7/15

Building for Health – Construction Update
• Completed work on restoring the end wall to Mary’s Little Lamb Consignment Shop which was previously attached to the bowling alley.
• Forms and rebar* are in the ground on the new project site and concrete for the foundation has started.
• The parking lot has been re-paved and lined for patient parking, staff and handicapped access. The front entrance to the parking area has been defined with lines and modular concrete barriers (aka jersey barriers).
*Rebar (short for reinforcing bar), also known as reinforcing steel is a steel bar or mesh of steel wires used as a tension device in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures to strengthen and hold the concrete in tension.

Building for Health – Fundraising Update

We have raised $690,000 towards our $2.2 million goal.

Construction Update Week of 11/16/2015

Building for Health, the New Newport Health Center.

The landscape that will be home to the new Newport Health Center continues to change with both demolition and construction taking place daily. Visit the Photo Gallery at to see the demo pictures and check back regularly to watch this exciting project unfold.
The construction schedule continues to be on track with the following occurring;
• Bids continue to be awarded to various subcontractors.
• Installation of 260+ geopiers* is complete. They have been placed 12-20 feet deep into the ground as base for foundation to support new 2-story building. Foundation work begins this week.
• Underground drainage systems are currently being installed.
• Eversource is relocating electric poles/lines to the opposite side of Elm Street.
• Paving of the new temporary parking lot is underway.

Should you have questions about the Building for Health project, please contact Richard DiLalla at 526.5012.

* Geopier is a term used in engineering in which stiff rock columns are drilled deep into the earth’s surface, down to a hard non yielding depth. They are used to support a building foundation and reinforce the soil when the existing ground is unstable, wet or unsuitable for building construction.

New London Hospital Announces Project to Construct a New Newport Health Center

NEW LONDON, NH – New London Hospital (NLH) announced a much anticipated project to build a brand-new Newport Health Center. Building for Health, a $9-million project including a $2.2-million fundraising campaign, will provide 28,000 square feet of specially designed space to replace a 16,000 square foot patchwork structure that currently facilitates more than 21,000 annual primary care and women’s health patient visits.

The preliminary step in the Building for Health project was taken in December 2012, when NLH purchased its existing Newport Health Center facility that had previously been under lease, along with the adjacent former bowling alley and surrounding property. The vacant bowling alley was recently taken down and construction has begun.

“After 24 years of New London Hospital operating the Newport Health Center in a building that was once a food store, we are thrilled to begin the Building for Health project,” commented NLH President and CEO, Bruce King. “It is time to provide Newport area patients and staff with a modern medical facility, where we can continue to provide high quality health care that meets the current and future needs of the community.”

Similar to the main NLH campus in New London, the Newport Health Center currently offers a wide range of medical services. In addition to routine primary care, these include pediatrics, women’s health care, mammography and X-ray, laboratory, EKGs, hearing screening, minor surgical procedures, sports physicals, minor orthopedic care, podiatry, mental health, rehabilitation, occupational health screening, and Department of Transportation physicals.

The new building is designed to accommodate growth in number of patient visits and additional health care providers. Dignard Architectural Services of Bedford, NH and builder Fulcrum Associates of Amherst, NH have been selected for the project, based on the successful experience of these firms building hospitals and medical clinics throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

Construction is expected to take 12 months during which the health center will remain open and continue to provide care for patients. A groundbreaking ceremony, to which all are welcome, has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 4:00 PM on site at the Newport Health Center.