Husson University
Edward O. and Mary Ellen Darling Learning Center

Project Summary

The first of its kind in the State of Maine, this new 66,000-SF, five-story multipurpose building includes both learning environments and suite-style living space for 245 students.

The first floor houses state-of-the-art experiential learning classrooms dedicated to specific academic programs. The College of Business has classrooms so that students can conduct simulated board meetings and web-based team analysis. The criminal justice program has space for actual investigations, allowing students to investigate mock crime scene scenarios, and the New England School of Communications (NESCom) has a dedicated audio engineering classroom. Classrooms and faculty offices are also located on the first floor.

The top four floors provide suite-style living quarters, each containing two bedrooms, combined living and study area, and private bathroom.

The Learning Center is LEED Gold Certified. Some of the building’s green features include daylight harvesting, low-flow fixtures, high efficiency lighting, non-toxic building materials, drain water heat recovery system, and solar hot water system. More than 96% of the building has a direct view of the outdoors. These energy-saving features are expected to save the university more than $50,000 a year.