University of Maine, Student Innovation Center

Orono, Maine

  • FIRM

    Oak Point Associates


    University of Maine at Orono

  • AREA

    5,000 sq.ft.





The Student Innovation Center opened its doors to students, staff and entrepreneurs as an incubator for knowledge-based business ventures, providing an environment that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship.

The center is situated on a hillside oak grove at the center of the campus. The site takes advantage of the best solar orientation and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$183.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio earthwork. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views to the surrounding woodland, while creating a voluminous main entrance and “inspiration space” with year-round daylight.

The program includes an open-air team work space, private work rooms, a conference room, seminar room, offices and an inspiration space for chance encounters. The architect maximized the flexibility of interior spaces by placing program elements on a grid and by employing the use of etched-glass roll-up doors that enable the seminar room and conference space to be combined with the inspiration space for larger gatherings.

The center is built on the bedrock of sustainability. A LEED-registered building, it stands as an example of environmentally responsible design. Daylighting techniques, green materials and responsible construction practices were used to achieve this status.