A Carbon Neutral Campus: Tour Maine’s First Mass Timber Buildings, August 4, 1-5 pm, Brunswick, Maine

  • 4 August 2023
  • Start time : 01:00 PM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Host : Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
  • Event Location : Bowdoin College, Barry Mills Hall and the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies., Brunswick, ME, 04011, United States
A Carbon Neutral Campus: Tour Maine’s First Mass Timber Buildings, August 4
Event Description

Join NESEA in Maine for a Pro Tour of the first pure mass timber commercial structures in the state: Bowdoin College’s new Barry Mills Hall and the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies.

With 1/4 the embodied carbon of a comparable steel structure, the buildings signal the College's continued commitment to sustainability after having achieved carbon neutrality in 2018. Attendees will hear from multiple speakers, including our event hosts, HGA, as they tour these spaces and get the interdisciplinary perspective that made these buildings possible. Nesea will learn about the goals, challenges, and results of the design and construction process, from conception to project completion. 

The academic building provides the college community with classrooms, a cinema classroom, faculty and student offices, meeting rooms, and an event space with catering support. The second building houses the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and includes galleries, classrooms, research labs, collections storage, and offices. Both buildings are powered by all-electric mechanical systems. The landscape and civil design promote a number of site sustainability features, including native plantings and local stone and recharging all stormwater on site using filtration trenches and porous asphalt.

Aside from the physical building features, the project team also has a story to tell related to the availability and procurement of mass timber components. During the tour, attendees will learn more about the challenges that drove the project team to use timber members sourced and fabricated overseas and the evolving conversation around mass timber, the aspirations to start a local industry in Maine, and the impediments that were encountered by the team, including sourcing and supply chain, quality of materials and fabrication, and local workforce constraints.

The event will also provide reception/networking time for attendees to meet speakers, sponsors, and one another.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
  • Cost
    • $25 Members/$35 Non-Members
  • Event type
    • Event - Other

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