Bowdoin is continually making and improving facilities so they are more accessible for our community. This includes buildings, classrooms, and residences.

Ongoing Facility Improvements

Improving campus spaces is ongoing with feedback and trouble spots being identified by faculty, students, and staff, especially those in the field like facilities, housekeepers, and grounds crew. It is a campus-wide effort.

Examples: Ramps added to buildings for easier access, solutions to prevent ice build-up on ramps, addition of railings to make routes safer, fixing door and bathroom thresholds that are too high, and better signage where needed. 

New Facilities

All new buildings meet and/or exceed ADA guidlines 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.

Selection of Completed Projects

  • Campus signage
  • Better parking
  • Accessible routes
  • Accessibity resource map (buildings, bathrooms, routes, parking)
  • Railing in front of the Buck Center
  • Door openers installed in campus residences and buildings.
  • Hearing loops in public meeting spaces

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.