The University of Maine, The Buchanan Alumni House

Orono, Maine

  • FIRM

    WBRC Architects Engineers


    University of Maine Foundation, University of Maine Alumni Assoc.

  • AREA

    32,000 sq.ft.





The architects were challenged to provide a facility with the presence and comfort of a “Grand House,” incorporating architecture familiar to alumni from the historic adjacent campus. Assembly spaces are arranged on the main-floor level, linked from the front entry through the ell to the rear building, opening to the south courtyard.

In the grand foyer, a colonnade ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMAnthony Muench, ASLA, Landscape ArchitectCOST PER SQ FT$131.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAdministrative Areas/Offices a domed ceiling, featuring fiber optics of the “Bear” constellation (the school’s mascot). Below, the university’s seal is replicated in a mosaic tile inlay. The grand reception area serves as an elevator lobby and sitting area en route to the Maine Family Room and Leadership Hall. Interior arches, lighting, flooring, rugs and furnishings were selected and arranged to convey a sense of comfort and to encourage congregation. The library/museum displays memorabilia of famous UMaine graduates, including author Stephen King. The Maine Family Room was designed as a place for alumni families to relax in a more intimate setting. Wall displays in Leadership Hall depict significant contributions of UMaine alumni.