Bowdoin is continuously seeking to improve the accessibility of our buildings. Much has been accomplished in recent years, but there remains a large backlog of improvements needed to bring Bowdoin’s historic campus up to ADA standards.

An accessibility resource map provides information on the accessible features of campus facilities including parking, routes, and elevators.

Ongoing Facility Improvements

Improving campus spaces is ongoing. Using a comprehensive audit of our facilities performed in 2015, the Accessibility Task Force and facilities management prioritize annual improvements. Whenever spaces are scheduled for renovation, accessibility improvements are prioritized throughout the design process.

Examples: Ramps added to buildings for easier access, hearing loops in event spaces, railings to make routes safer, lowering of door thresholds, reducing the pull weight of doors for easier opening, adding a variety of seating sizes. 

Selection of Completed Projects
  • Campus signage
  • Better parking
  • Accessible routes
  • Railing in front of the Buck Center
  • Door openers installed in campus residences and buildings
  • Hearing loops in public meeting spaces

New Facilities

All new buildings meet or exceed ADA guidelines and facilities management has licensed design professionals on staff who help in creating inclusive spaces.

Examples: Park Row Apartments, Harpswell Street apartments, The Mills Center, the Center for Arctic Studies, the Roux Center for the Environment, and the Whittier Field locker room and grandstand.

Renovated Facilities

Without altering the look and feel of what makes Bowdoin a unique and special placeit is a continual goal that our historical buildings be brought up to ADA standards with renovations unless there is a historical or structural barrier.

Examples: Adams Hall, built in 1861, now has an elevator addition to the outside of the building. An accessible bathroom and exterior ramp were added to the Russwurm House, and a selection of apartments in Brunswick apartments have been remodeled to meet ADA standards.

Roux Center exterior at dusk