Completed Capital Projects

Whittier Field Improvements, Phase I

Completed: 2017

This renovation project includes plans for replacing the existing grass field with artificial turf and adding lights, seating, and a new press box, along with an expansion of the current six-lane track to the eight lanes required to host championship track meets. It also includes a restoration of the original footprint of Hubbard Grandstand through the removal of bleachers that were added over the years to the perimeter of the structure. Completion is scheduled for September of 2017 in time for the first home football game of the season.[more]

Heating Plant Boiler #3 Replacement

Completed: 2017

The replacement of "Boiler #3" in the heating plant was completed in January 2017. The project scope involved replacing the existing 1973 40,000 pounds per hour (PPH) boiler with a new 60,000 PPH O-style, dual fuel boiler with an economizer designed for an increased operating pressure of 250 pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG). The project also included replacing the existing deaerator and relocating the new deaerator to improve overall plant safety. A new continuous blowdown heat recovery system also improves plant energy efficiency. A new emergency diesel 480 volt (V) generator with a capacity of 200 kilowatts (kW) was also part of the project. Three existing 20,000 gallon underground fuel oil storage tanks will be replaced with two new 20,000 gallon tanks during the summer of 2017.[more]

Coles Tower Renovations

Completed: 2017

Phase I: Coincident with the 50th anniversary of this building, Coles Tower (formerly known as the Senior Center) was vacated during the summer of 2014 to allow for much needed upgrades of the infrastructure and student rooms as well as façade restoration. Work included window repairs; replacement of aging heating, plumbing and electrical systems; conversion to digital temperature controls; upgrade of the fire alarm system; a new secondary means of egress from the first-floor lobby; elevator improvements; and energy-efficient lighting.[more]

Harriet Beecher Stowe House Renovation

Completed: 2016

Renovations of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House at 63 Federal Street were completed in September 2015. The scope of work included a rehabilitation of the building's exterior and landscaping as well as an extensive renovation of the interior. The structure now houses a welcoming lobby, faculty offices, kitchenette and a conference room. In April 2016 renovation of a room dedicated to Harriet Beecher Stowe named "Harriet’s Writing Room" was completed, and is now open to the public. The Stowe House is once again physically separated from the former restaurant/barn addition which is now used as an ancillary college storage space.[more]

Ashby House Renovation

Completed: 2015

In late February 2015 renovation work began on the existing wood framed house at 254 Maine Street that became the Office of Student Aid. The renovation scope included a new enclosed stairway and removal of the existing exterior fire escape. A new ADA compliant entrance and restroom was provided in a space that was formally an art studio. Exterior envelope improvements included spray foam insulation, windows and siding. The building is now protected by new sprinkler and fire alarm systems. A completely new electrical service has been installed and the office spaces have new high efficiency LED lighting. Occupancy was completed a month ahead of schedule in July 2015.[more]

216 Maine Street

Completed: 2015

The new building at 216 Maine Street houses administrative offices, including the Controller, Institutional Research, Analytics & Consulting and Human Resources departments. The new three story energy efficient structure was constructed utilizing panelized wood-framed walls with a high performance envelope, Variable Refrigerant Flow heating and cooling as well as LED lighting throughout. The structure was designed with Federalist massing and detailing to harmonize with the existing Maine Street architecture. The new facility was completed and occupied in January 2015 and received LEED Silver certification in September 2016.[more]

52 Harpswell Road

Completed: 2014

In 2014, this property formerly known as the Stevens Home, underwent renovations to accommodate up to 35 students in 20 sleeping rooms. While much of the original structure remained, improvements included significant upgrades to shared spaces such as the kitchen, bathrooms, common lounge and study spaces. The project has become Bowdoin’s first LEED-certified renovation project. Along with the enhancements for students and sustainable building systems, the renovations addressed life-safety code requirements and major building systems, including heating, ventilation, power, lighting and communications infrastructure.[more]

The Charles M. Leighton Sailing Center and Pier

Completed: 2014

The construction of a new boathouse for the sailing team at the Coastal Studies Center was completed in May 2014. The project was able to re-use the existing floats from the Bethel Point Sailing Center and relocate them to the enhanced 1,500 square foot facility that features a meeting space, coach’s office, team changing rooms, restrooms and showers, and a deck.[more]

The Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance

Completed: 2013

On September 5, 2013 classes began in The Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance. This project was an adaptive re-use of the former Longfellow Elementary School, transforming it into a new center for Visual and Performing Arts. The 38,000 square foot structure was expanded to 44,000 square feet by the interior addition of a second floor within the two story space of the old gymnasium. The new facility consolidates the existing visual and performing arts programs that were previously spread around campus and the Town of Brunswick as well as provides space for future growth. The co-location of the Arts programs has created an energy among the faculty and students who can now realize the tremendous synergy between the visual and performing arts all under one roof.[more]

Boiler Replacement and Cogeneration Project

Completed: 2011

This combined heat and power project utilized excess steam energy to generate electricity for campus consumption, offsetting electricity currently purchased from the grid. The project consisted of replacing two aging and inefficient oil-fired steam boilers with a new high-efficiency low-emissions, dual-fuel (natural gas and #2 oil) 60,000 PPH boiler during the summer of 2010 and the installation of a backpressure steam turbine generator during 2011 to create both heat (steam) and electric power (600kW) for the campus. Benefits of this project include:[more]

The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness

Completed: 2009

The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness opened Tuesday, September 22, 2009, ushering in a new era of wellness at Bowdoin. The 44,659 square feet facility boasts new locker rooms, cardiovascular fitness and weight machines on the ground floor. The lower level adds free weights and rowing machines. The athletic offices formerly on the west end of Morrell Gym have relocated to the Buck Center's second floor, where they are, for the first time, under one roof. The second floor also includes multipurpose spaces for classes and meetings.The third floor of the Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness is the new home of healthcare services formerly housed at Dudley Coe Health Center. The project was award Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U. S. Green Building Council.[more]

Sidney J. Watson Arena

Completed: 2009

The hockey teams skated their first games on their new home ice in January 2009. The new 70,520 square foot ice arena is adjacent to Farley Field House and has a seating capacity of 1,900. It features a 90-ft. by 200-ft. ice surface and greatly improved locker rooms with more space for changing, equipment storage, athletic offices, and training facilities. The combination of a concourse area and seating in the interior provides great views and proximity to the action. Its designers say it has the best and most energy efficient refrigeration system, dehumidification system, seating design and home team accommodations of any Division III collegiate arena. In July 2009 Watson Arena was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U. S. Green Building Council making it the first newly constructed LEED-certified hockey arena in the country.[more]

Adams Hall

Completed: 2008

The $6.1 million renovation of Seth Adams Hall was completed in July 2008. Constructed in 1861 to house science laboratories and a new Medical College, the building last saw major work in 1950. The latest renovation added an accessible entrance and elevator tower on the west side. The tower is separated from the existing building by a glass lobby. The new lobby spaces command views south to the campus quadrangle. The renovation was designed to respect and preserve the traditional architecture of this landmark building. The outcome of all of this effort is a modern classroom building within a 150-year-old structure.[more]

Bowdoin College Museum of Art (1894)

Completed: 2007

The museum celebrated its re-opening in October 2007. The $20.8 million renovation project and expansion of the historic McKim, Mead and White building opened to the public on October 14th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. New architectural elements include a new glass and bronze pavilion, a floating steel staircase, and a glass curtain wall that displays the Assyrian reliefs.[more]

The Bricks

Completed: 2007

The renovations to "The Bricks" - Bowdoin's six historic first-year residence halls - began in September 2005 and were completed in August 2007. Total cost for renovations of the six "Bricks" was $27 million. Those major renovations included new three-room quad configurations, elevators, windows, roofs and common spaces. The historic building exteriors were preserved while providing twenty-first century interiors with the latest fire safety and environmental control systems.[more]

Studzinski Recital Hall (1928)

Completed: 2007

The long-awaited transformation of the Curtis Poll into a new 286 seat recital hall was completed in May 2007. The $15 million renovation project provides the College with a state-of-the-art Kanbar Auditorium musical performance facility. The new recital hall is central to Bowdoin's vision for achieving excellence in the arts.[more]

The Bookstore Textbook Center

Completed: 2006

The Bookstore Textbook Center, previously located in the basement of Moore Hall, has been moved to a newly renovated space in the lower level of Thorne Dining Hall. The renovations to Thorne Hall took place from January to May 2006. The renovations included approximately 3,000 square feet of textbook space, administrative offices, conference room, and stock room.[more]

Osher Hall and West Hall

Completed: 2006

Construction of two new first year residence halls at the corner of Coffin Street and South Street was completed in August 2005. Each dorm is approximately 35,000 square feet and houses 80 students per building. The project cost approximately $14.3 million. In 2006 both buildings received Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U. S. Green building Council.[more]

Chapel Towers Rehabilitation (1855)

Completed: 2004

150 years of Maine winters took their toll on the chapel towers. Between the Spring of 2003 and Fall of 2004 each tower was dismantled stone by stone and then rebuilt utilizing modern technology in order to last well into the next century.[more]

Kanbar Hall

Completed: 2004

A new 26,000 square feet academic building to house the Psychology Department, Learning Center, Education Department, and the Writing Project. Construction began June 2003. The project was completed in September 2004.[more]