Leveraging Maine’s ‘working forest’ identity for a pair of mass timber structures at Bowdoin College

By Josh Niland
Archinect News
December 13, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A new mass timber academic design for Bowdoin College from HGA has been unveiled for the first time following the project’s completion earlier this year in Brunswick, Maine. The Barry Mills Hall and the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies project called for the construction of two opposing asymmetrical structures totaling 46,000 square feet to be used as educational and art exhibition spaces for students on the 207-acre campus. …HGA says the high-performance envelopes of both structures will combine with the mass timber used in their structural systems to reduce the embodied carbon footprint by some 75%. …Bowdoin College considers itself to be a nationwide leader in sustainable campus planning. …Matt Orlando, Bowdoin’s VP says “This project moves us forward on the path towards being fossil fuel free on campus, but it’s also a way to showcase mass timber and sustainable design for Maine.”

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