University of Maine, Aubert Hall Renovation, Phase I

Orono, Maine

Opening photo: ©SMMA

Aubert Hall, built in stages between 1913 and 1967, had been expanded on an “as-needed” basis to accommodate immediate space problems only. The university set out to upgrade the overall building.

One aspect of the project was renovating the chemistry department’s 57,000-square-foot space to better meet the university’s progressive teaching ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$133.33FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio research methods. The design translates the teaching, research and staffing goals into a modern, efficient, pleasant and safe physical environment.

With minimum swing space available, the school wanted to keep many teaching and research activities operational during the renovations.Overcoming this obstacle required strategic planning, phasing, and the patience and good humor of the occupants.

Phase I, now complete, includes the renovation of R&D labs, administration space, and mechanical and electrical systems, as well as a new, two-story, ADA-compliant lobby and entrance, elevator and student commons area. Phase II, just begun, will renovate the teaching labs and classroom space.