Pizzagalli awarded $8 million contract for Fletcher Allen building

first_imgPizzagalli Construction Company of South Burlington started work this week on a new Radiation Oncology facility on the Medical Center Campus at Fletcher Allen Health Care.  The $8 million project, designed by Cannon Design, will include approximately 23,000 square feet of new construction.  The total cost of the project, including the structure and new medical equipment, is $19.3 million. It will be built into the hillside on the east side of the Ambulatory Care Center.As part of its overall “green” design, the new facility will be less visible than other structures on the Medical Center campus and will feature a grass roof.  Fletcher Allen is aiming to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the building and a rigorous set of national standards must be met to earn that designation.  Elements of the project that will help in achieving LEED status include efficient heating and cooling systems, multiple skylights to provide natural light, and use of “green” construction materials obtained from local sources.Pizzagalli Construction Company’s experience with green building practices and LEED is extensive.  The company recently assisted the University of Vermont’s Student Residential Learning Complex at University Heights achieve LEED Gold.  Additionally, Pizzagalli team members are ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineering) certified and are well-versed in the renovation and construction of hospitals and health care facilities.  “Pizzagalli is very pleased to have been awarded this important health care project for our community and to be working alongside the Fletcher Allen Health Care team once again,” said Vice President Jay Fayette. “A project of this magnitude awarded to a Vermont contractor will greatly benefit the local economy and subcontractor marketplace.”The new building will allow Fletcher Allen to consolidate all of its clinical radiation oncology services in one location, making it easier for cancer patients to receive the care they need.  It replaces a 40-year-old building elsewhere on the campus that currently houses these services.Construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2010, and the facility is expected to be open for patient visits in the late summer or early fall.###last_img read more

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Trump says coronavirus vaccine could be ready in a month

first_imgOnly hours earlier, speaking to Fox News on Tuesday morning, Trump had said a vaccine could come in “four weeks, it could be eight weeks.”Democrats have expressed concern that Trump is putting political pressure on government health regulators and scientists to approve a rushed vaccine in time to help turn around his uphill bid for reelection against challenger Joe Biden on Nov. 3.Experts including top US government infectious diseases doctor Anthony Fauci say vaccine approval is more likely toward the end of the year.At the ABC town hall Trump was asked why he’d downplayed the gravity of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now killed close to 200,000 people in the US.Trump replied by saying: “I didn’t downplay it. I actually, in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action.”But Trump himself told journalist Bob Woodward during taped interviews for the new book “Rage” – published Tuesday – that he had deliberately decided to “play it down” to avoid alarming Americans.Topics : President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a coronavirus vaccine may be available within a month – an acceleration of even his own surprisingly optimistic predictions – but added that the pandemic could go away by itself.”We’re very close to having a vaccine,” he told a town hall question-and-answer session with voters in Pennsylvania aired on ABC News.”We’re within weeks of getting it you know – could be three weeks, four weeks,” he said.last_img read more

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