Alfond Academic Center and Library at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine

The new 35,000 square foot Alfond Academic Center and Library at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine features a library and learning commons, classroom and lab facilities, faculty and meeting rooms, peer mentoring and tutoring spaces and support facilities including a café, board room and archive-storage spaces.

According to Bernie Lappe, project manager at Connor Architecture in Lexington, Mass., the Center is “An expression of the new exciting attitudes towards student life on campus, changing the image of Thomas for decades to come. Great care and attention was placed on creating a more sophisticated design aesthetic, one that was sympathetic to the student campus environment, as well as surrounding natural environment. Beyond the need to keep the harsh winter climate at bay, the exterior skin of a building became a branding tool. The building finishes themselves became an opportunity to communicate and define not only the architectural character of an individual structure, but the values of an entire institution. This new language of forms and finishes – redbrick, aluminum panels and glass and it standing seam metal roof create the schools new language. A tradition of simple sophistication and innovative composition that help articulate Thomas College’s core values.”

The school chose the Englert Series 1300 24 gauge standing seam roof for its durability in the harsh Maine climate including its ability to accept snow, said Lappe. “We also chose it for its clean aesthetic look consistent with the overall design of the building,” he added. The 15,000 square foot charcoal gray roof was installed by IRC Industrial Roofing & Siding Co. in Lewiston, Maine.

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