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(Boston, MA) – BOND, a leading 108-year-old construction management and general contracting firm, recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for Lawrence General Hospital’s (LGH) new, 42,250 square-foot surgical building as part of a $72 million effort to improve healthcare delivery and expand the reach of the hospital and its services. BOND is providing preconstruction and construction management services for the effort.

The new surgical building represents the single largest capital investment in Lawrence General Hospital’s history. Working in close collaboration with LGH representatives and the design firm MorrisSwitzer ~ Environments for Health, BOND will build the new facility to house replacements for the current 50-year-old operating rooms, an interventional radiology room, a surgical day care, post anesthesia care unit and pre-admission testing space. The renovations of $17 million in inpatient unit and room renovations in the existing Hospital are currently underway.

The groundbreaking for the surgical building comes after the dismantling and demolition of the Lamprey Annex and School of Nursing buildings. BOND managed the demolition and enabling efforts related to this first phase of the project, carefully rerouting campus infrastructure to ensure critical Hospital operations were maintained throughout.

Not only does the new surgical building enhance LGH’s quality of care, it also strengthens the institution’s strategic relationship with Beth Israel Deaconess and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Established in 2010, these partnerships have increased accessibility to pediatric surgery and other pediatric specialties, as well as critical care and cardiology, among many other specialty services. The new surgical facility will allow LGH to offer many more services locally without transport to Boston, thereby reducing costs and maximizing convenience.

“BOND is excited to be involved with Lawrence General Hospital’s vital expansion,” said BOND President Robert Murray. “This state-of-the-art facility is sure to enhance a standard of care for the Merrimack Valley community, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

Lawrence General Hospital expects its new surgical building to be in full operation by 2016.