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Completed Capital Projects

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

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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.

Architect: Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. - Cambridge, MA
Contractor: Warrren Construction Group, LLC - Freeport, ME

Boiler Replacement and Cogeneration Project

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:

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•Reducing annual campus kWh consumption from the grid by nearly 10% (1.749 million kWh)

•Reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 18% of the College’s 2008 net emissions (2,400 tons CO2e avoided)

•Improving energy efficiency (now 80%+ versus 48% previously) and reducing overall annual campus BTU consumption by 6% (6,250 dTH) 

Engineer: RMF Engineering - Baltimore, MD
Contractor: H. P. Cummings - Winthrop, ME

The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness

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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. magnifyThe 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.

Awards: 2010 - The Boston Society of Architects Citation Award | U. S. Green Building Council LEED Silver Certification
Architect: Cambridge Seven Associates - Cambridge, MA
Contractor: Barr & Barr, Inc. - Framingham, MA

Sidney J. Watson Arena

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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.

Awards: 2009 - U. S. Green Building Council LEED Certification
Architect: Bear Mountain Design Collaborative, Ltd. - Woodstock, VT
Contractor: Pro Con, Inc. - Manchester, NH

Adams Hall

adams night photo 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.

Architect: Harriman Associates - Auburn, ME
Contractor: Ouellet Associates - Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Walker Night PhotoThe 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.

Awards: 2008 - The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design The American Architecture Award | The Boston Society of Architects Award for Design | Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Illumination Design Award | The American Institute of Architects New England Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture | Maine Preservation Society Historic Preservation Honor Award
Architect: Machado & Silvetti Associates, LLC - Boston, MA
Contractor: Consigli Construction Company - Portland, ME

The Bricks

BricksThe 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.

Architect: Kyu Sung Woo Architects - Cambridge, MA
Contractor: Ouellet Associates - Brunswick, ME

Studzinski Recital Hall

recitalThe 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.

Awards: 2012 - The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence

2008 - The Society for College and University Planning and The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation | The Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for Design Excellence | The American Institute of Architects New England Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture | U. S. Institute for Theater Technology Merit Award

2007 - The Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for Design Excellence

Architect: William Rawn Associates - Boston, MA
Contractor:
H. P. Cummings Construction Company - Winthrop, ME

The Bookstore Textbook Center

bookstore annexThe 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.

Architect: Richard Renner Architects - Portland, ME
Contractor: Barr & Barr, Inc.- Brunswick, ME

Osher Hall and West Hall

Osher and West HallConstruction 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.

Awards: 2006 - U. S. Green Building Council LEED Silver Certification
Architect: Kyu Sung Woo Architects - Cambridge, MA
Contractor: Barr & Barr, Inc. - Framingham, MA

Chapel Towers Rehabilitation

Chapel Construction150 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.

Awards: 2005 - Associated General Contractors AON Build America Award | Associated General Contractors Build New England Award | Maine Preservation Society Historic Preservation Honor Award | International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers BAC Award | Building Design and Construction Reconstruction and Renovation Award Special Recognition | The Victorian Society in America/New England Preservation Award
Architect/Engineer: Simpson, Gumpertz, & Heger - Waltham, MA
Contractor: Consigli Construction Co.- Milford MA

Kanbar Hall

Kanbar HallA 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.

Awards: 2005 - American School & University's Architectural Portfolio Award
Architect: Cambridge Seven Associates - Cambridge, MA
Contractor: Payton Maine Corp.- Saco, ME