Center for Human Ecology

The Center for Human Ecology will be one of the most distinctive buildings on Mount Desert Island. It has been designed through a collaboration between the eminent architect Susan Rodriguez and Maine-based OP/L (formerly GO Logic). 

The need is urgent. COA’s last new academic building was constructed in the 1980s when our student body was less than 200. Today, it is 350. Classrooms, labs, lecture halls, and seminar rooms are jammed as we try to fit a few more students into a classroom meant to hold a few less. Faculty numbers and class offerings have grown, along with the student body, so the number of rooms needed to teach has skyrocketed, creating longer days for students and faculty alike, as classes are scheduled later in the evening, sometimes even on weekends, just to fit them in. There is simply not enough space on campus.

Gathering places for the COA and MDI communities are inadequate as well. COA’s reputation as the Island’s intellectual and cultural center has grown, and summer lectures, gallery openings, conferences, and the Champlain Institute are often oversubscribed for the available spaces. 

The Center for Human Ecology—a project which includes an expansive new building overlooking Frenchman Bay and renovation of existing spaces—will house a mix of classrooms, laboratories, performance space, an art gallery, faculty offices, studios,  a new teaching greenhouse, and multi-use spaces. This building will become the academic center of campus and the heart of College of the Atlantic life.

The $22M represents all the costs associated with the new building, renovations of existing spaces, a $1M maintenance fund, and a $1M operating fund.

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Center for Human Ecology

Center for Human Ecology