Maine Medical Center (MMC) has received a $1 million pledge fro Jon and Dan Shaw, founders of Shaw Brothers Construction. In recognition ad appreciation MMC will name the open air causeway to be constructed on Congress Street in front of a new patient care tower in honor of Sally Shaw, their late mother, according to a press release from MMC. the contribution is the single largest commitment in the Shaw Brothers philanthropic history.
The Sally Shaw Causeway is designed to be a welcoming space for the approximately 24,000 patients and families who are expected to pass through the entrance of MMC’s new Congress Street Tower each year once construction is complete in 2023. The beautiful, tree-lined sloping park will include native plans and boulders and natural seating will provide fresh air and sunshine to all hose spending time at the hospital. It also will serve as an inviting gateway to MM’s vibrant Congress Street neighborhood.
MMC chose to honor the memory of Sally Shaw with this natural setting because of her love of gardening and the feel and smell of soil. Sally Shaw was known to can vegetables and share perennials with her family and friends, even as she raised nine children on a farm with her husband, Dewayn, who was her high school sweetheart. Her wo sons have focused many of their philanthropic efforts towards facilitating ways for community members eo enjoy the outdoors.
MMC is expected to break ground on the Congress Street Tower and causeway this fall. The patient care tower will add five floors of clinical services including 64 patient rooms with universal beds and 19 procedure rooms. The Tower will become a new home of cardiovascular care at MMC. This vision for patient-centered are that serves Maine’s most complex cases in a state of the art setting resonated with Shaw Brothers Construction and their desire to see all Mainers receive the care they require.
The Congress Square Tower expansion project was unanimously approved in December 2018 by the Portland Planning Board.