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Two newly built campus buildings at Bowdoin College, the Barry Mills Hall and the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies, are the first pure mass timber commercial structures in the state of Maine. With 1/4 the embodied carbon of a comparable steel structure, the buildings signal the College’s continued commitment to sustainability. The all-electric mechanical systems support Bowdoin’s goal, established in 2007 and realized in 2018, of a carbon neutral campus.
The New England Sustainable Energy Association will hold a Carbon Neutral Campus: Maine’s First Mass Timber Buildings tour at Bowdoin on August 4th from 12:30 to 5 pm EDT.
The tour will use the example of the Bowdoin project to tell the story of alignment with the College’s sustainability goals, how mass timber was initially evaluated as an appropriate building material, 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.
Cost of the tour is $25 for NESEA members, $35 non-members.
To take part in the tour, register at A Carbon Neutral Campus: Maine’s First Mass Timber Buildings | NESEA