Bowdoin College Unveils Maine’s First Commercial Mass Timber Project

By Justin Wolf
Metropolis Magazine
January 3, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

The campus of Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, is a composition of architectural styles. …Tucked among the pine groves of the east campus stand a new pair of HGA-designed buildings. …Their combined 46,000 square feet of space also happen to comprise the first commercial-grade mass timber projects in the Pine Tree State. Consequently, the carbon savings from working with structural timber are in keeping with Bowdoin’s ongoing mandate to keep its campus operationally carbon neutral (which it achieved in 2018, two years ahead of schedule). …Within Mills, the tactile warmth of the exposed timber posts and beams frames views of campus evergreens, and within CAS, the timber is staged in gradations to accent the darker exhibition spaces, where natural light must be diffused. Lauren Piepho, structural project engineer with HGA, highlights Bowdoin’s many “gateways” and how the pine groves informed their design: “This was once a working forest, and that stuck with us. 

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