AUGUSTA — The new regional hospital in northwest Augusta is expected to have about the half the utility bills of the current facilities.

The Alfond Center for Health, which will combine inpatient services of MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer campus in Waterville and the East Chestnut Street hospital in Augusta, is scheduled to open Nov. 9.

Paul Stein, chief operating officer, says anticipated energy costs at the new campus are projected at $3.27 per square foot, compared to $7.80 per square foot currently.

Stein tells the Kennebec Journal ( ) the design of the new facility includes energy-saving features including efficient heating/cooling systems, low-water-flow technology, LED lighting, and natural gas.

The building even has a white roof to reflect heat.

The 192 private rooms have also been designed for maximum patient comfort.

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