University of Maine

Ferland Engineering Education & Design Center

Project at a Glance

Orono, ME


WBRC Architects/Engineers

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • Complex floor plans and diverse programs require a high degree of coordination amongst the trades
  • Utilizing Lean project delivery methods to encourage efficiencies throughout the planning and construction process
  • Work will be conducted in the midst of the occupied campus immediately adjacent to occupied buildings

The E. James and Eileen P. Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center (EEDC) is a multi-use academic and laboratory building that will house UMaine’s Biomedical Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical Engineering and a teaching laboratory for Mechanical Engineering Technology. The 107,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility will feature teaching spaces, laboratories, collaborative areas and public spaces designed to support engineering education, design and research. EEDC’s focal point is a series of hands-on, team-based laboratories where students from multiple engineering disciplines will collaborate on design projects.

The project’s scope of work consists of the demolition of the existing Machine Tool Laboratory that occupied the new building site. Once the site is cleared, deep foundation work will occur for the basement level with careful attention to earth retention and de-watering. The three-story steel structure will sit on spread footings and slab-on-grade concrete and will feature a mixed-material facade with curtain wall storefront, masonry and metal panels.

Construction will be performed in close proximity to occupied buildings requiring close monitoring and communication procedures to mitigate impacts to adjacent activities. The limited site area for construction activities and laydown space also poses a challenge, requiring the use of just-in-time deliveries from an off-site remote logistical base location.