College of Business
Husson University, Bangor, Maine
Business programs are the foundation of Husson University and constitute over one third of the University’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Constructed nearly 50 years ago, Peabody Hall has been the center of the business programs. With annual growth in enrollment and the need for additional academic space, the leadership at Husson University felt that the time was right for constructing the new College of Business.
In 2015, with a $4.0 million challenge grant from The Harold Alfond Foundation, Husson announced an ambitious $30 million capital campaign. The University saw as a core goal, the construction of a state-of-the-art building for the College of Business. The new College of Business will house the School of Accounting, School of Business & Management, School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management as well as the School of Legal Studies. The Ronan Center for Financial Technology will be an integral component of the new facility. Husson’s vision of this facility is to be a signature building visible at the entrance to the campus and to be an extension of and complement the Dyke Center for Family Business.
In the fall of 2017, Husson solicited qualifications from nationally acclaimed design firms After interviewing five teams of highly qualified design teams, the University commissioned the team of Harriman from Auburn, ME and Goody-Clancy of Boston, MA. A solicitation for a construction manager was conducted concurrently with the design solicitation and The Sheridan Corporation from Fairfield, ME was selected as the most qualified firm to assist during the planning phase and construction of the project.
Husson prepared a preliminary design program and Harriman/Goody-Clancy/ used this as a basis to conduct design charettes and focus group meetings with the stakeholders including administration, faculty, staff and students. The classrooms will feature 360-degree teaching with technology for online teaching. In addition, the facility will offer an agile work space, virtual reality lab, IT lab, forensics lab, study spaces and a café. The Hub, a common space located in the two-story atrium, will provide a space for students to interact in a casual environment. The design evolved into a
41,500 sf building on three floors that will integrate with the existing campus and will be a prominent structure when arriving on campus.
With the design complete, the project commenced construction in May 2020 with completion scheduled for the school year commencing in August 2021.
CC of Maine was retained by Husson University to provide pre-construction services that included feasibility studies, budgeting, developing/issuing RFP’s for design services and construction management services. During the construction phase, CC of Maine is providing contract administration/project management services.
Photos by Harriman/Goody-Clancy