USM Portland Commons Residential Hall and Career & Student Success Center

Expanding University of Southern Maine's Portland campus.

Design Rendering
Location
Portland, ME
Delivery Method
Design-Build
Client
University of Southern Maine
Year Complete
2023
Region
Northeast

Project Overview

The Portland Campus Development Project includes the addition of a three-story, 42,000-square-foot Career & Student Success Center, the 580-bed Portland Commons Residence Hall and a one-acre Residential Quad that will become a natural campus gateway for the USM community.

The residential hall, which is on track to be one of the five largest Passive House residence halls in the country, includes eight- and five-story wings with a mix of en-suite single-occupancy rooms, studio apartments and multiple-bedroom apartments.

The student center celebrates Portland’s maritime industry and the State’s forestry industry with diagonal mass timber framing, a corrugated metal facade, an interior stone fireplace and natural stained wood. It will be built to LEED standards and features a 270-seat dining space with café, a 140-seat multi-purpose event room, student lounges, office space, a career counseling center, a bookstore, a radio station, and a large, roof-top solar photovoltaic array.

Recognition

  • Pursuing Passive House Certification

218K

Square-Foot Passive House Residential Hall

580

New Student Living Residential Beds

42K

Square-Foot Career & Student Center