In January of 2014 Maine Maritime Academy began construction of the first academic facility to be built on the college campus in 30 years: the ABS Center for Engineering, Science and Research. The construction process is estimated to be complete in January, 2015. When complete, the 3-story, 30,000-square-foot building will provide state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, student study spaces, faculty offices, and workrooms in the heart of the campus.
In November of 2013 Maine voters approved $4.5 million in state funding to support the public-private partnership to build this new facility. The remainder of the funding needed to accomplish the estimated $14 million project is being raised through generous gifts, pledges, and challenge grants from alumni, friends of the college, businesses, and foundations.
June & July, 2014Construction continues to advance on schedule. Structural steel is in place, and the crew is framing the exterior and interior of the building. Mechanical, electrical and sprinkler companies are roughing in-wall and above-ceiling work. The installation of the rainwater collection holding tank, where water will be stored and used for wastewater use in bathrooms, is nearly complete. Construction on the exterior of the building, including DensGlass sheathing and air vapor barrier installation, is also in progress. When alumni are on campus this summer, the building will be enclosed, masonry will be started, interior walls will be framed and roughed in, and underground utilities will be completed.
May, 2014The top beam of the main entrance to the new ABS Center was placed in early May, 2014.
The crane and structural steel for the building were on site by mid-April. The ironworkers started their work once the materials were on site. This was the point in the project where we could begin to see the actual framework of the building.
Groundwork and foundation work were well underway.
Maine Maritime Academy broke ground for the first classroom facility to be built on the college campus in 30 years: the ABS Center for Engineering, Science and Research.