Project Category: Educational

Waynflete Lower School

The new 30,000 SF Waynflete Lower School building replaces an outdated white brick addition built in 1968. Undersized and overused, the former school building was a confusing, multi-level conglomeration of several buildings and additions that tended to separate and isolate the school’s four learning age groups. The new building is designed to integrate the four… Read more »

Bigelow Laboratory: Graham Shimmield Residence Hall

  Located on a steep hillside above the Damariscotta River in mid-coast Maine, the Shimmield Residence Hall supports the ocean science laboratory’s educational mission by providing living facilities for college students and visiting scientists. The hall features 32 student beds arranged in quads, three studio apartments and one two-bedroom apartment for visiting scientists. The building fosters… Read more »

Ecology School: Dining Commons

Established in 1998, The Ecology School is an innovative environmental education program for young people. After leasing space at Ferry Beach for a number of years, the School purchased Riverbend Farm in Saco, a 105-acre organic farm, with diverse ecosystems in order to expand the depth and breadth of its programs. Hiring three Portland architecture… Read more »

University of Maine: ASCC GEM Addition- Conceptual Study

Completed in 2021, the 90,000 SF addition to the Advanced Structures & Composites Center (ASCC) is an interdisciplinary center for research, education, and economic development encompassing material sciences, advanced manufacturing, and engineering of composites and structures.   Simons Architects and Thornton Tomasetti have worked with the ASCC to develop a conceptual design study for a 90,000… Read more »

All Saints Multi-Purpose Facility

  St. John’s School in Brunswick had used the basement of St. John the Baptist’s church as their dining hall and indoor recreation space for many years. Changes to the local building code, and increases in the use of the space resulting from the consolidation of seven parishes to form All Saints Parish, required that… Read more »

Unity College: Portland

Where many people see an unassuming drab brick building in a corner of Portland, Maine’s historic waterfront, Unity College sees an unprecedented opportunity for a physical manifestation of our sustainability mission. This Center for Urban Ecology will demonstrate that in an inclusive transition to a sustainable future, how we choose to make change matters as… Read more »

Brattleboro Music Center

The heart of chamber music is still beating, evidenced by the joy and excitement that is experienced by all who study and perform at the Brattleboro Music Center. Formerly housed in an old convent, using cells as practice rooms, the school lacked acoustical privacy and adequate recital space, impacting performance and creating obstacles to effective… Read more »

Waynflete School Arts Center

The Waynflete School Arts Center project involved the complete re-thinking of the center section of the School’s campus. Existing buildings had to be renovated, existing uses changed, and new buildings added to provide the spaces required for a complete arts teaching facility. The project required extensive research and work with the Building Committee and staff… Read more »

Tilton School: Academic Building

  Having spent several years strengthening their curriculum and faculty, Tilton School wanted a building that represented the many positive internal changes. SA designed a new multi-purpose academic building that organized the school’s program requirements to closely align with its academic mission. The program included three new science laboratories and prep rooms, a 114-seat seminar… Read more »

Lisbon High School Gymnasium

The Lisbon School Department had been using a defunct multipurpose room as their gymnasium and auditorium for years. After years of debate, the Lisbon community passed a referendum for a bond to fund the construction of a new facility. SA designed the new 17,830 SF gymnasium and renovated portions of the existing building to provide… Read more »