Waterville, Maine


Now DavisConnects at Grossman Hall, this former fraternity was transformed by renovation and expansion into a center for Colby’s unique, globally oriented career services. The existing 8,500-square-foot Georgian Revival residence hall has been converted into career counseling offices and interview rooms. A 4,300-square-foot addition creates a new campus portal to Colby’s Career Resources Library, multipurpose meeting rooms, and classrooms. A new terrace provides an additional campus gathering place and opens to a revitalized campus green.

“One of Colby’s signature strengths is preparing students for lives of meaning and impact,” said Vice President for Student and College Advancement Daniel Lugo. “This new space [offers] multiple opportunities for student engagement with career counselors, recruiters, and mentors.”

Designed to achieve LEED Platinum, the addition’s rainscreen envelope uses composite concrete panels, sunscreen louvers, high-performance glazing, and operable windows.

Location: Waterville, Maine
Project Size: 13,000 sf

Sustainability: Awarded LEED Platinum, the project preserved 85% of the existing building’s structure with low-emitting and recycled materials used extensively throughout the building. An overhaul of existing systems resulted in a predicted 73% reduction in energy use and a 46% reduction in potable water use. High-performance windows were installed, as was Energy Star-rated equipment. Louvers and overhangs optimize solar exposure on the addition’s south façade.

Project Team: Steven Gerrard AIA, Thomas Hotaling AIA, Ann Beha FAIA, Ian Miller AIA (ABA); Altieri (MEP / FP); Becker Structural Engineers (Structural); Arup (Code); Consigli Construction Company (Cost); S. W. Cole Engineering (Geotechnical); Mohr & Seredin Landscape Architects (Landscape); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Thornton Tomasetti (LEED); Wil-Spec (Specifications); Trent Bell (Photography)