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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 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.
The building is LEED Gold Certified.