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 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.