USM Portland Commons Residential Hall and Career & Student Success Center

Expanding University of Southern Maine's Portland campus.

Design Rendering
Portland, ME
Delivery Method
University of Southern Maine
Year Complete

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.


  • Pursuing Passive House Certification


Square-Foot Passive House Residential Hall


New Student Living Residential Beds


Square-Foot Career & Student Center