Ecology School: Dining Commons: In Process

Established in 1998, The Ecology School is an innovative environment educational program for young people. After leasing space at Ferry Beach for a number of years, the School purchased Riverbend Farm in Saco is a 105-acre organic farm with diverse ecosystems in order to expand the depth and breadth of its programs. Hiring three Portland architecture firms to work together develop a master plan for the property and then to design the dormitories and dining commons was unusual and yet reflective of the school’s collaborative approach. The Living Building Challenge guidelines are shaping the design and providing the architectural team and opportunity to learn much more about this rigorous green design performance standard that requires buildings to be both self-sufficient and beautiful. SSA is designing the 7,000 SF Dining Commons building, which includes a kitchen, dining space, a small office, and nurse’s station.


Client  |  The Ecology School

Location  |  Saco, Maine

Team  |  Scott Simons Architects, Kaplan Thompson Architects, Briburn

Contractor  |  Zachau Construction

Project Phase |  Design Development