Bowdoin College – Schiller Coastal Studies Center Expansion

Expansion of the Schiller Coastal Studies Center at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine includes six new buildings in support of its marine field work, lab work, and independent research. The first is a 4,200 square foot dry lab adjacent to existing marine laboratory that includes a teaching lab, research lab, offices, and multi-purpose support spaces. The Living & Learning Building is a 4,950 square foot center that includes a multi-purpose room for dining, study and gathering for up to 100 people, a kitchen/servery, and a wrap-around porch and outdoor patio. The four residential buildings consist of a 900-square-foot cabin apartment and three 1,800 square foot six-bedroom cabins. The dwellings include a shared bathroom, lounge, and front porch. This expansion allows the Schiller Coastal Studies Center to serve as a space for facility for retreats, dialogue, and collaboration among local and national leaders working to address critical issues of coastal and climate concern. The designs incorporate highly sustainable principles in accordance with Bowdoin’s climate action plan. The buildings were designed for the highest level of energy efficiency and sustainability. The project construction budget was $7,800,000 and is Passive House (PHIUS+) 2019 Certified.

Client: Architect – Centerbrook
Location: Orr’s Island, Harpswell, ME

Institutional Merit Award, Green Building Awards, Connecticut Green Building Council