Gould Academy, McLaughlin Science Center

Bethel, Maine

This building is the first new academic facility at Gould Academy in about 70 years.

It incorporates the latest thinking in science and technology instruction with combination teaching/hands-on laboratories, independent study/preparatory laboratories, seminar rooms, a science library and a 54-seat auditorium for group instruction and independent ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$145.56FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio presentations. Upon entering the lobby, visitors are greeted by the focal armillary sphere, the prominent campus computer and communications hub, and a refurbished clock tower.

The facility takes advantage of the many views of the Gould campus and the mountain landscape beyond, while offering a variety of quiet, small-scale gathering spaces that encourage faculty-student interaction and reflection. Exterior building materials and details reflect the tradition of Gould Academy buildings. The skewed plan allows the building to be square to existing buildings, creating a new academic quadrangle on campus while respecting the angle of the town street behind. This approach allowed a strong departure from the traditional double-loaded classroom building.