The Board of Trustees has approved a number of campus renovation and construction projects that are to begin in the coming months. These projects will help satisfy a need for residential space with improvements to Coles Tower and renovations to an acquired property on Harpswell Road, as well as administration space, through the construction of a new building on Maine Street. Landscaping and parking improvements are also planned for North Campus Drive and Hyde Plaza.
Coles Tower Renovation
Coincident with the 50th anniversary of this building, Coles Tower (formerly known as the Senior Center) will be vacated during the summer of 2014 to allow for updates to infrastructure, upgrades to student rooms and façade restoration. Work will include window repairs; replacement of aging heating, plumbing and electrical infrastructure; conversion to digital temperature controls; upgrade of the fire alarm and fire protection systems; a new secondary means of egress from the first-floor lobby; elevator improvements; and energy-efficient lighting.
During the course of this summer and the next three summers, work will also include improvements to student space, including bathroom renovations, interior painting, floor refinishing, window treatments and new furniture. Consigli Construction Co., Inc., of Portland, Maine, will be the construction manager during the upcoming summer. The work will be carried out over the summers of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. This summer’s initial phase of the project is estimated to cost $2.8 million.
52 Harpswell Road
This property, formerly known as the Stevens Home, will undergo renovations to accommodate up to 35 students in 20 sleeping rooms. The 9,281 sq. ft., two-story property was originally constructed circa 1860, with major additions in 1940 and most recently in 2000. While much of the original structure will remain, planned improvements include significant upgrades to shared spaces such as the kitchen, bathrooms, common lounge and study spaces. The project is designed to become Bowdoin’s first LEED-certified renovation project.
Along with the enhancements planned for students and sustainable building systems, the renovations will address life-safety code requirements and major building systems, including heating, ventilation, power, lighting and communications infrastructure. The site plan includes a lighted path to the Coffin Street parking lot, bicycle racks and development of an organic garden, which will also make use of the existing barn structure. Wright-Ryan Construction, Inc., of Portland, Maine, will be the construction manager of the $1.9 million renovation project. Work is scheduled to begin in March and to be complete by the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.
216 Maine Street
The project includes demolition of an existing structure and construction of a new LEED-certified, 12,882 sq. ft. building on the same site at the corner of Maine and Noble streets. The new building is will house the offices of the Controller, Student Aid and Human Resources.
The proposed structure will be three stories above grade, with a full basement to provide file storage, mechanical and housekeeping spaces. The structure will be wood-framed and constructed with Federalist massing and detailing to harmonize with existing Maine Street structures. Work on the $3.2 million project is to begin in April and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014. Cambridge Seven Associates, of Cambridge, Mass., is the project architect.
North Campus Drive & Hyde Plaza Renovations
This project addresses pedestrian safety concerns at North Campus Drive by providing a new sidewalk along the east side, adding traffic calming features, planted peninsulas and aligned granite paver crosswalks. New ADA-compliant parking spaces will be provided. Nine parking spaces will be removed, with a corresponding nine new spaces added to the nearby Dayton lot.
The Hyde Plaza improvements will include landscape enhancements at the Polar Bear statue area, additional granite pavers and benches, a reduction in the size of paved areas, as well as additional plantings consistent with the established landscape design theme. Stephen Stimson Associates of Cambridge, Mass., has designed the project, which is scheduled to take place over the coming summer.